SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) – Utah father Ryan Grassley discovered a perplexing charge on a hospital bill for the recent birth of his son: Nearly $40 for “skin to skin” contact after his wife gave birth via a cesarean section.
Amused by the bill, Grassley posted a picture of the bill on Reddit this week commenting that he was charged to hold his baby. That post set off a flurry of outrage and consternation on the website with many people sharing their own stories of bizarre medical charges.
Utah Valley Hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank says the fee wasn’t for Grassley to hold his baby, but to have an additional nurse in the room for the c-section to ensure mom and baby were safe.
Grassley said Wednesday that he wasn’t mad but just thought people would get a laugh.
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