“I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.”

Holding your newborn baby for the first time is said to be one of life’s most precious moments. But how would you feel if you were charged for the privilege?

That was the experience of Lidia and Ryan Grassley, whose baby Samuel was delivered by Caesarean section at a hospital in Utah in the US on 4 September.

When they received their hospital bill for more than $13,000 (£10,000), proud new father Ryan was surprised to find it included a $39.35 charge for “skin to skin”, or holding the baby, immediately after the delivery… More at the BBC.

America’s healthcare system is a joke.

2 thoughts on ““I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.”

  1. As much as we Canadians complain about our healthcare system, it’s infinitely better than the U.S. non-system for most people. I know that many Americans consider our system socialist, but I don’t understand why they couldn’t have both a public and a private system. That would allow everyone access to basic healthcare while still allowing more for those who can pay for it.

    1. That sounds like the British system- it is, however, very expensive for the overall economy and likely a nightmare to do in the US where lawsuits would abound.

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