Maternal stays with pregnancy and delivery-related complications accounted nearly 5 percent of total hospital costs in the United States in 2008, according to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The study examined a sample from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample on pregnancy and childbirth hospitalizations with complicating conditions, defined by ICD-9 codes, in 2008.
- 94.1 percent of deliveries had some type of pregnancy complication
- Stays with complications cost between $3,900 and $4,100, compared with stays without complications, which cost roughly $2,600
- Patients 35 – 44 years old accounted for 15% of maternal stays with complications, but only 1% of stays without complications.