Falling pregnant and realizing you are going to be bringing a beautiful brand new human into the world is an unreal feeling. Of course, there are always those people in your life who will repeatedly tell you how expensive children are and they are, of course, but unfortunately you are going to have to start thinking of the cost before they are born already. The actual birth of a child costs a lot, but how much does a C-Section cost in South Africa? Below we are going to break it all down for you.
Like all things, there are a few different ways and places you can choose from. There are government hospitals, birthing centers and then private hospitals.
Choosing a government hospital is the cheapest way to go. It is mostly free to have a cesarian, and costs only come into play if there are complications and need extra assistance. It is likely that you will have to bring your own nappies, toiletries, maternity pads, blankets etc. The hospital does not provide anything for you. Although many governmental hospitals in South Africa are acceptable when it comes to cleanliness and staff, it is important to remember that government hospitals aren’t the best when it comes to space and attentive care.
Some moms-to-be choose to give birth at a birthing center. The main reason is that birthing centers are very orientated around the natural birthing process. However, if an emergency c section does need to be done, it will cost you around R17 600 – R32 500, depending on how long you stay and whether you have a private or semi-private room.
The most expensive birthing option is a Private hospital. The costs are a lot higher and is only really an option if you are on medical aid. You will have to make sure exactly what your medical aid plan entails and if they cover all aspects of the birth. Often you might have to pay a delivery co-payment of about R2000 – R7000 out of your own pocket.
Having a cesarian in a private hospital can cost you up to R26 000, and that is without any complications. This does not cover gynaecologist fees, nor paediatrician or anaethesist. A three day, two-night stay will cost you between R18 000 – R21 000, while a three night, four-day stay will cost approximately R24 000.
Additional prices depend on the kind of room you want to stay in, a private or semi-private room can cost you between R600 – R4500 per night.
It is important to remember that these fees do not include complication fees or additional professional fees so you should go over your medical aid scheme and make sure that you are aware of what is covered and what is not.
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