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Mom Hit With $600 Bill For Her Stillborn Baby Who Only Lived For 3 Minutes

TW: Mention of child loss. There is simply no denying that health care in the United States of America is flawed in many, many ways. It's enough to make you want to move to Canada just to not have to deal with it at all. A mom recently opened up about her current struggle pertaining to a bill she received after giving birth and it will honestly make your jaw drop.

On Twitter, a question was posted by Senator Bernie Sanders asking, “What’s the most absurd medical bill you’ve ever received?” Dr. Jennifer Gunter, an OBGYN and author of the book, The Vagina Bible, responded by saying "$600 for my son who lived about 3 minutes. He received no medical care. At all. As he died almost immediately he didn’t get enrolled in my insurance plan, so I got the bill. From the hospital where I was a doctor."

It goes even deeper as you are able to see through her following tweets the grief that that bill caused her, beyond just the awful fact that she was getting it at all.

"It was from my own department too. Ha! You asked for absurd. When I got home this $600 bill came for Aidan. It was addressed to “Parent of Aidan XXX”...and for a second I thought his death was a dream and I got very hopeful he was alive and then confused.And then very sad."

So she did what most parents would do in this situation. She needed to have a chat with the billing department. "And then I called the billing department and literally had to argue with them about my son being dead and they didn’t believe me that I let him die without medical care. I am literally explaining how some babies are born to die. They say, “Too bad.”

Left without any other choice, she reached out to the CEO of the hospital, her place of work. "So I wrote a very threatening e-mail to the hospital CEO and told him I would call the newspaper (this was pre Twitter) and tell everyone how my own hospital tried to bill me for care my dead baby never received. And that is how I became a patient advocate."

Hopefully hearing these stories come to life will create some sort of chance in the future. We can only hope.

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