Cost of having a baby is booming
PARENTS are paying more than ever before to have a baby with out-of-pocket costs for obstetrics soaring in the past five years.
Since 2013, the average cost of more than 50 obstetrics procedures, charged for care both in and out of hospital, jumped by 17 per cent to $231.
The Medicare data shows NSW parents paid an average of $289 to have a baby last year, up from $251 in 2013.
Obstetric procedures usually attracted the highest out-ofpocket costs of any service covered by Medicare and is measured by the average gap payment between what Medicare and private health insurance pay.
Labor has seized on the data to call on the Turnbull Government to drop the Medicare freeze in next month’s federal budget, claiming it is continuing to drive up prices.
A spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt said obstetric delivery services were completely free for all patients giving birth in public hospitals.
Good reason to cry.