Saturday, August 8, 2009

Take away the incentives for too many c-sections

"On average, Medicaid pays $5,000 more for a C-section than for a vaginal birth, and private insurance pays a far greater premium. You don’t have to be a cynic to wonder if that could have something to do with the rise in unnecessary C-sections."

Read this article about Obama's plan to change our nation's huge unnecessary c-section rate:

http://crosscut.com/2009/08/06/health-medicine/19144/

2 Comments:

UrbanCrunchyMama said...

I appreciate Washington's intentions and efforts towards improving healthcare. But (and it's a big "but")...while equalizing costs of procedures may help somewhat, this isn't the answer. Childbirth must be recognized as a physiological (rather than pathological) event to improve outcomes and result in signficant cost savings.

Anonymous said...

...and what will this really do for people like me who really needed the emergency c-section to have a 10lb frank-breech baby who would not turn for the doctor even with manual manipulation -in delivery (I watched so I know what happened) not even after I was opened up?

I'm a nurse, and I can tell you that if I had a traditional birth, I definitely would have died...and quite possibly both of us would have.

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