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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Utah Man Charged $40 for ‘Skin-to-Skin’ Contact With Newborn

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ryan Grassley discovered a perplexing charge on a hospital bill for the recent birth of his son: Nearly $40 for “skin to skin” contact after his wife gave birth via cesarean section.

Amused by the bill, he posted a picture of it on Reddit this week and commented: “I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.”

The post set off a flurry of outrage and consternation on Reddit. Nearly 12,000 people commented, with many sharing their own stories of what they said were bizarre or ridiculous medical charges.

“A lot of people like to be shocked and outraged by things,” Grassley said in an interview Wednesday. “Today, It happened to be my hospital bill.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

our daughter was born this past April and the L&D staff said it is recommended that the baby have skin to skin contact with the mother for the first 30 minutes of their life. Didn't see the bill though. Insurance handled it all.