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September 13, 2010

For-Profit Californian Hospitals Perform More Caesareans

For-profit hospitals in California, US, are performing more caesarean sections than their non-profit counterparts, according to a California Watch analysis. Birthing records across 253 hospitals in California were analysed during the study, which found that women were 17% more likely

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For-profit hospitals in California, US, are performing more caesarean sections than their non-profit counterparts, according to a California Watch analysis.

Birthing records across 253 hospitals in California were analysed during the study, which found that women were 17% more likely to have a caesarean at a for-profit hospital than at a non-profit hospital.

Interviews with health professionals revealed that some hospitals performed caesareans for non-medical reasons, such as staffing schedules in the maternity ward and to suit doctor’s level of patience.

The authors note that caesareans can bring hospitals more revenue than a vaginal delivery.

Desirre Andrews, president of the International Caesarean Awareness Network, said the strongly suggested that there may be a provable connection between profit and the caesarean rate.

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