Woman Baffled after Receiving $50,000 Bill for the Hospital Birth of Her Baby
This month a mother received her hospital bill following the birth of her child. She showed netizens the steep fee that was charged and thanked her insurance for covering it. The video started a heated online debate.
California mom Shannon Mayor was overjoyed with the birth of her baby. She was excited to bring the infant home with her and enjoyed her time as a new parent. However, five months later, when she saw her hospital bill, she was shocked.
In a video posted on TikTok, Mayor showed users that the healthcare facility had charged her over $50,000 for the birth. The woman then panned the camera to show netizens how much of the fee she was expected to cover.
A mother reveals her shocking hospital bill following the birth of her son | Photo: TikTok/shannonmayor
SHE HAD THE BEST INSURANCE
Fortunately, she said she switched to "the best insurance [she could] get" after finding out about her pregnancy. Her plan covered most of the fee, and she was only asked to pay $250.
THE ONLINE REACTION
The video went viral, with users flooding the comment section. It also garnered millions of views online, and one user stated: "Next time, give birth at home." Others questioned the country's health system.
Many people put forward that health care should be free for all. One netizen wrote: "The fact that people still don't believe in universal healthcare is wild." Online community members were also curious about her insurance provider.
OTHERS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES
People asked her for the insurance company's credentials, and she revealed she was with "Blue Cross Blue Shield." Netizens also shared their own experiences with hospital bills, and many said the fee could go over $100,000.
Users who required intensive hospital care for themselves or their babies expressed their struggle, and one mother noted that her fees were around "300k."
Netizens share their own experiences with steep hospital bills | Photo: TikTok/shannonmayor
AVOIDING HOSPITAL BILLS
Users who lived outside of the United States also commented, and many indicated they were glad they lived elsewhere. One commenter said: "This makes me so grateful to live in Europe."
Another netizen also revealed a clever "hack" on how people can avoid paying hospital bills. The user shared: "Got a job at the hospital I plan to give birth at because they cover 100%." Mayor commended the commenter's ingenuity.
Commenters react to a mom's hefty hospital bill following the birth of her son | Photo: TikTok/shannonmayor
The mother later revealed that changing insurance plans was highly stressful, but now she is glad she did. Mayor shared: "Insurance is complicated. It's not easy in this country to figure out."
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