(ABC News) While you can now determine the sex of your baby before he or she is born, figuring out what it costs to give birth remains a mystery. That's the conclusion of a University of California at San Francisco study that looked at more than 75,000 births in California.
The study found that healthy women who gave birth normally with no complications could be charged anywhere from $3,296 to $37,227 depending on which hospital they visited. The price of an uncomplicated C-section ranged anywhere from $8,312 to nearly $71,000.
Pricing seemed to follow no rhyme or reason. For-profit hospitals in wealthier areas and facilities that treated a greater number of seriously ill patients did tend to charge higher rates, but those factors only counted for about a third of the pricing variation.
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