I thought this was a hoax, but it's in the Times, so it has to be real. For only $15,000, your doctor will ACTUALLY take care of you! FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! Five digits! (On top of what your insurance pays, of course.)
The sad part is that the services that are offered at that price are things you should not have to pay extra for! Okay, so perhaps the massages go above and beyond the normal scope of prenatal care, but seriously - 15K for your doctor's PRESENCE DURING LABOR? For his/her CONTACT INFORMATION? For not having to WAIT?
Give. me. a. break.
Turns out my "expensive" midwife care is actually a great deal.