What’s the Cost of a Miscarriage? One Woman Speaks Up
$1,369.57. That’s how much it cost one woman to not have a baby. And if it weren’t for insurance, that miscarriage bill would’ve cost a lot more.
Janie Faville, a Missouri social worker, shared a photo of her explanation of benefits statement on Facebook. While insurance covered most of her $5,584 procedure for a dilation and curettage procedure (D&C), $1,369.57 needed to be paid out of pocket.
“Because people don’t talk about it, I will. This is how much a miscarriage costs with good insurance,” Faville captioned the photo.
In an additional post on the Facebook page Pantsuit Nation, she says that admittedly, costs were the last thing on her mind when she lost her baby at 9 weeks just over a month ago. But she recognizes that’s not the case for many women.
“Luckily cost didn’t prohibit me from being able to choose how best to proceed for my mind, body and soul. Unfortunately not everyone has that luxury. THIS is why we need Planned Parenthood and the ACA. This is why we march.”
Beyond highlighting the flaws she sees in our healthcare system, Faville hopes to bring attention to the fact that one in four women will experience a miscarriage.
“There is strength in numbers,” she writes. “If we speak up, they can’t continue to ignore us.”
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