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US women asked to pay for epidurals in advance

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:828
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    Responding to reports that certain hospitals are requiring women with Medicaid to pay for epidural analgesia for childbirth in cash and in advance, the director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations—an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services—issued a letter to state Medicaid directors across the country reminding them of their responsibilities and demanding that action be taken.

    Medicaid—a …

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