Maui hospital ends charges for private postpartum rooms
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui Memorial Medical Center will no longer charge extra fees to mothers who want a private room after giving birth.
The Maui News reports that the Maui Health System announced the change on Monday. The rate for a private postpartum room was $152 per night starting in 2009, and then jumped to $672 when Maui Health System took over operations of the hospital July 1.
Maui Health System Director of Communications Chastell Ely said in July that when a patient requests a private room, space is not available for another patient. But all mothers who give birth will now get a private room, as long as one is available.
Since July 1, more than 400 babies have been born at the hospital. The average stay is about 40 hours.