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Women Paying Larger Share of Maternity Care Costs

Average out-of-pocket spending for maternity care increased among women with employer-based insurance from 2008 to 2015, largely driven by paying more in deductibles, according to an AHRQ-funded study published in Health Affairs. While the average cost for deliveries remained relatively stable, the average proportion of costs paid by women increased from 12 percent in 2008 to nearly 20 percent in 2015, the study concluded. Among those with out-of-pocket costs, average patient spending for maternity care increased from $3,069 in 2008 to $4,569 in 2015.

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