If you live in the States, there’s a good chance you have feelings and opinions on the healthcare system, which remains largely private and tied to employment.
If you’ve had a baby in the States, you’ve likely gaped at your hospital bill, whether or not you had “good insurance” at the time. Even with an uncomplicated birth and insurance, I know I was looking at a bill that was at least $5k per kid out of my own pocket.
We hear that healthcare costs are much cheaper – or even nonexistent – around the world, and if you’re wondering how true that is, buckle up. These 12 people are sharing what having a baby cost them outside of America.
11. Everything is free in Norway.
I wonder if that’s the country’s slogan.
#stitch with @mslilyflowers #norwegianhealthcare #freehospital #freehealthcare #foryoupage #scandifam #realy_elli #hospitalbills #free #dontpay
10. Less than $100 in Manitoba, Canada.
I would have fainted dead away…from happiness.
Got my bill from the hospital. #hospitalbill #privateroom #deliveryday
9. My friend just LIVES in the UK and her birth was free.
Also, they get money every month to use to pay for baby things.
#stitch with @mslilyflowers I can’t actually believe some of the totals I’ve heard on this!
8. They only paid for parking.
At least our parking was free? Ha!
#stitch with @mslilyflowers LMFAO he really wanted to answer that one. #fyp #funny #baby #trend #newbrunswick #humor #like #hospitalbill
7. Parking again.
And they’re complaining about it. If I didn’t laugh I would cry.
#stitch with @mslilyflowers Ireland’s healthcare is still on the rocks but damn #ireland #irish #eu #europe #healthcare #women
6. New Zealand lets you have babies for free, too.
What a concept!
#duet with @mslilyflowers ??
5. Even a complicated birth costs you nothing.
Which makes sense, because it’s not your fault?
#stitch with @mslilyflowers feeling blessed to live in Australia! So sorry to those who’s system is so broken! #medicalbills #hospitalbill #birth
4. This Canadian paid a little more than $100.
But only because she wanted a private room.
Tell em you live in ?? w out telling me you live in ?? #greenscreen #hospitalbill #birth #fyp
3. Nothing in Greenland, either.
#duet with @mslilyflowers I don’t get the US ?
2. Not only do people in Denmark not have to pay to have babies…
The government pays THEM to stay home and TAKE CARE OF those babies. Whoa.
#stitch with @mslilyflowers tell me this isn’t a real thing ??? thank god for our taxes in Denmark ??? #usa #labour #healthcare #hospitalbill
1. And yeah, it’s been like this for a long time.
Long enough for the U.S. to verify that it works.
#stitch with @mslilyflowers #goodoldnhs #spreadthelove #patspeople
It’s kind of shocking, don’t you think? And not at all in a good way – in a way that makes you realize we don’t have to live like this, right?
If you had a baby in America, what did it cost? What did it cost you elsewhere? Let’s keep comparing and contrasting in the comments.