Dr. Dean Coonrod, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Maricopa Medical Center, gives Angelica Cabanas an ultrasound in Phoenix, June 11, 2013.  
Childbirth in the U.S. is uniquely expensive, and maternity and newborn care constitute the single biggest category of hospital payouts for most commercial insurers and state Medicaid programs.
Dr. Dean Coonrod, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Maricopa Medical Center, gives Angelica Cabanas an ultrasound in Phoenix, June 11, 2013. Childbirth in the U.S. is uniquely expensive, and maternity and newborn care constitute the single biggest category of hospital payouts for most commercial insurers and state Medicaid programs. NYT
Dr. Dean Coonrod, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Maricopa Medical Center, gives Angelica Cabanas an ultrasound in Phoenix, June 11, 2013. Childbirth in the U.S. is uniquely expensive, and maternity and newborn care constitute the single biggest category of hospital payouts for most commercial insurers and state Medicaid programs. NYT

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