One can understand why Paula D’Amore is a tad confused. The South Florida mother gave birth in a car in a hospital parking lot. When the bill from the hospital came in, she was charged the full cost for a hospital delivery of $7,000. It is a story that sums up what many of us view is the inherent dishonesty in hospital charges.
Daniella was born in the fire lane of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, but somehow occupied a full delivery room and staff inside of the building. It reminds me of the Monty Python skit:
D’Amore never even made it to the delivery room.
We have all seen such astronomical charges by hospitals to file with insurance companies. There seems to be little deterrent in such cases, particularly with limited ability of patients to contest charges. This was supposed to be one of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in creating mega-data banks that could track costs and over-charges.
They might want to look at the immaculate delivery charges at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.