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My miscarriage cost nearly $1,000 out of pocket, since I have excellent health insurance.
"I first had to have a doctor's visit to confirm the pregnancy loss. This cost $450 to see a midwife and have an ultrasound. I am lucky because my practice gave me the option of an in-office D&C with local anesthesia. The practice I used to go to only performs D&C's at the hospital which costs way more. My out of pocket costs for the D&C itself were $556."
It turns out, the genetic testing is not covered by insurance.
"After a week of waiting (and continued morning sickness), the doctor recommended I have a D&C, since the placenta was continuing to grow and it didn't look like my body was going to naturally abort the contents of my uterus anytime soon. He also recommended genetic testing since it was my third miscarriage even though I am young and have had a healthy baby already (17 months old now).
"I live in New Jersey, and have premium insurance. I was floored by the bills I am still paying. It turns out the genetic testing is not covered by insurance. So far the total out of pocket cost has come out to $7,666.41. Here's how it breaks down:
Hospital Pathology: $9.96
External Lab: $6,750"
I was responsible for $2,000 out of $10,000.
"At 12.5 weeks, we found out we were having a boy. A baby boy. I always wanted to have a son first. My fiancé wanted a boy too! We definitely wanted healthy. But a baby boy! How could we be so lucky??
"At the end of the 13-week mark, which happened to be right before New Year's, the doctor tried to hear the heartbeat with the Doppler. He couldn't find it. With the ultrasound tech being gone for the holiday, he pulled out the old machine that uses a wand on the belly. This was my first time seeing an ultrasound in person. The doctor specifically started, "here's the head, the sac, and you see this little flutter... I'm 80% sure that's the heartbeat, but I'm not an ultrasound tech." I swear on my life, that's what he said.
"We googled and read that it was normal to have a hard time finding the heartbeat around 13 weeks. It's all about positions, etc., so we stopped worrying and decided to enjoy our New Year.
"On Jan. 2, we attended a family holiday party, where we announced our pregnancy. We discussed baby names. This was also the day that I started having a little bleeding, which google said could happen; a cousin mentioned she bled through her entire last pregnancy. I called my doctor who said if I started bleeding super heavily, go to the ER.
"That night, I lost my son. I knew I did the moment I started passing clots.
"The ultrasound the next day confirmed. I was absolutely traumatized and heartbroken when the doctor told me, and gave me two options: have a D&C or try to pass the sac on my own, at home. He did warn me that passing it on my own could be painful. I was numb. I decided to try to pass it on my own.
"After two days of just bleeding, I had to get a D&C, so I could go back to work, and two months later, I received a bill in the mail. I was responsible for $2,000 of the $10,000 total. Twist the knife deeper in the wound, America."
Altogether, my two miscarriages cost $28,848.
"Fast forward six months, and three rounds of Clomid, I'm nine weeks pregnant again and alone at a conference halfway across the country when I start spotting. I call my OB who recommends that I find an in-network hospital and ask for a sonogram. I Uber my way to the closest ER and undergo an abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound, pelvic exam, and a handful of blood tests.
"Three hours later, the doctor confirms my worst fears. I had miscarried again. My OB had warned me against getting on a plane if there was a chance that I was actively miscarrying, so I requested a D&C. I was admitted to the hospital 1,237 miles from home, and a D&C was scheduled for the next morning.
"By the claims that have been process so far, this out-of-town treatment cost $23,264. Altogether, my two miscarriages cost $28,848. I was responsible for a $1,000 deductible and $4,000 in coinsurance."
"It's just so incredibly unfair."