Over the weekend, a New York Times special report covered the high costs of giving birth in the United States. The report, titled “The American Way of Birth: Costliest in the World,” took a hard look at the financial realities of pregnancy and profiled several American women who struggled to make sense of their hospital bills and costs for care.
A few years ago, I had a nagging pain that felt like a runner’s stitch on the right side of my stomach. It didn’t hurt much, but it wouldn’t go away. Feeling nauseous and tired, I decided to stop by an urgent care center after work just in case.
Several hours later, I was wheeled in to an operating room at my local hospital for emergency surgery. It turned out I had acute appendicitis and if I had waited any longer, I would have been doubling over in pain.