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AXIOS: Childbirth highly susceptible to surprise medical bills

By Marisa Fernandez

July 6, 2021

Illustration of a stork holding a very long receipt.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nearly one in five newborn hospitalizations or childbirth deliveries have at least one surprise medical bill, especially if cesarean delivery or neonatal intensive care services are provided, according to a JAMA brief out Friday.

Why it matters: Childbirth hospitalizations — which often out-of-network — are the most frequent sources of surprise bills in the U.S. and new federal protections addressing this issue could benefit many families, the analysis said.