New research out of the University of Michigan shows that half of new mothers are dealing with financial stress, especially from healthcare costs. The recent study published in the journal JAMA Network Open shows that up to half of new or expectant moms can’t pay their bills, including healthcare bills. Three in five said healthcare was unaffordable, and one out of four skipped their doctor visits due to the cost of care. The study shows that even women with private health insurance face high out-of-pocket costs, deductibles and co-payments for pregnancy and childbirth-related care, often making them choose between paying for basic living expenses or seeing their doctor.
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