“Giving birth costs a lot. Hospitals won’t tell you how much.”

Childbirth is the #1 reason people go to the hospital in the United States. In fact, nearly 4 million women will go to the hospital to give birth this year, and VOX reporter Johnny Harris’s wife Isabel was one of them. So he decided to see if there was any way to discover how much they would be paying for their baby’s birth in advance of the big day. He says, “What happens next is at once depressing and horrifying, showing how broken and expensive the American health care system is.”

This video captures every frustrating moment of his epic attempt.