The estimate is based on what it would cost to deliver in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son on Monday.
Though the royal birth can be considered luxurious by British standards, $15,000 in the U.S. would be a really good deal.
According to a Truven Analytics report, the average total price billed for pregnancy and newborn care in the U.S. was about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section, with insurers paying out an average of $18,329 and $27,866 respectively.
Although that report includes full pregnancy costs, the gap in cost for just delivery remains. In 2012, the total hospital and physician cost for a normal delivery in the U.K. was $2,641, while in the U.S. the average price was between $7,000 and $10,000.
The U.S. is the most expensive place to have a baby, largely due to itemized billing that can go so far as to charge separately for removing the placenta.