May 142009
 

While we’re on the topic of women and the cost of healthcare, Rachel Walden at Our Bodies Our Blog points to the more than 50% cesarean delivery rate in Miami-Dade County in Florida (at one hospital the rate was over 70%) and a report that says the overall rate in the U.S. is now a whopping 31.8%. Optimally, the rate should be between 5-10% and more than 15% can do more harm than good according to Childbirth Connection.

As Walden points out, the cost of a cesarean delivery is about twice that of a vaginal delivery, and  with about 4 million babies  born in the U.S. every year and the cost of a cesarean averaging about $10,000 more than  the cost of a vaginal delivery that adds up to…    30%  of 4,000,000 = 1,320,000 x $10,000 = $13,200,000,000 more being spent on c-sections in the U.S. every year than would have  been spent on vaginal deliveries.

With the rate of medically necessary c-sections being considered as less than half that, we’re talking over $6.5 billion dollars in unnecessary and very profitable medical procedures, literally at the expense of women and their babies and if you think that isn’t related to the much higher premiums that women pay for health insurance, have I got some swamp land in Florida for you.

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 May 14, 2009  Posted by on May 14, 2009

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