If you give birth in America, you're charged health care fees fit for a princess.
Kate Middleton and Prince William paid around $15,000 to have their baby delivered in a private hospital, the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. That's a huge sum to pay for a birth in Britain, where most women receive free natal care from the National Health Service.
But over here in America, getting a bill for $15,000 would be viewed as pretty ordinary given that the average medical bill for a vaginal delivery is $16,301, or $26,719 for a C-section, according to a recent report (See Table 2). Insurers then get those costs knocked down and pay $7,773 and $11,818, on average, for each type of birth. If you're insured, you're likely to cover around $1,000 of the costs yourself. If you're uninsured, you may have to pay the bill in full.
Incidentally, don't trust the dramatic headline you'll see in some liberal media sources: The Washington Post incorrectly proclaims that "The royal birth cost $15,000. The average American birth is billed at $30,000." That's wrong because it compares apples and oranges: $30,000 includes all prenatal care costs, whereas $15,000 is just the price of Kate's delivery.