About a quarter of pregnancies will end in miscarriage, and we as a society are pretty good about helping women cope with the emotional pain involved, writes Jessica Grose at Slate. But one thing rarely talked about is the financial toll. An uninsured woman can expect to pay between $4,000 and $9,000 for a procedure, and well more than that if there are complications. Insured women generally pay less, but they, too, could be out thousands depending on their insurance plans and the method used.
One way to help is for doctors to get better at giving women the full range of options available—a dilation and curettage (D&C), which can be done in the hospital (the priciest option) or in a doctor's office; the drug Misoprostol; or "expectant care" in which the body naturally expels the fetus. The point is to make sure women are informed. "Miscarriages usually have an emotional cost," writes Grose. "But they also have a financial cost as well. That economic pain can have profound consequences on women's lives." Click for her full column.