People indignant that enumerated hospital bill includes skin-to-skin contact for newborn

People indignant that enumerated hospital bill includes skin-to-skin contact for newborn
'Someone could use a Prozac and a nap' (Image: Konstantin Tronin/Shutterstock)

[Ed. – People can certainly behave like idiots.  Your state and federal governments demand enumerated bills.  This is what you get.  Procedures cost money, in the work time of professionals as much as in any other way.  They have to be described, to account for what the insurance company has to shell out for.  If you don’t want to see the procedure “skin-to-skin contact” enumerated on a bill, lighten up on the regs and let the hospitals compose their bills differently.  I guarantee you, if the hospital in question did not enumerate this procedure and its cost, just so you could feel more mushy about newborn care, the hospital would be running afoul of government regulations.]

A father in Utah has become an Internet sensation by posting the bill from his hospital after the birth of his son. The “skin-to-skin” encounter between he, his wife and their new baby cost them $39.35. After posting a picture of the bill to Reddit, he’s become the symbol of outrageous excess in America’s medical system… you know, all the outrageous excess President Obama promised to eliminate with the Affordable Care Act.

So, this must be wrong, right? The hospital just made a mistake and surely they’ll reverse the billing error, right?

Actually, the hospital stands by the charge…

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