Bottom Line

I wish I could say I was surprised:

By now, most of us are familiar with the explanations for the soaring cesarean section rate — namely, it’s more convenient for doctors and, until a recent policy change, it was a way for hospitals to guard against legal liability. But a new investigation implies another more sinister motivation: money. California Watch, a non-profit journalistic venture,reports:

A database compiled from state birthing records revealed that women were at least 17 percent more likely to have a cesarean section at a for-profit hospital than at a nonprofit or public hospital from 2005 to 2007. A surgical birth can bring in twice the revenue of a vaginal delivery.

In fact, California hospitals “can increase their revenues by 82 percent on average by performing a C-section instead of a vaginal birth.” The average profit from an uncomplicated C-section: $2,240. The revenue from an uncomplicated vaginal birth: $1,230. The cost of valuing hospitals’ bottom lines over women’s health and personal choice: incalculable.

3 thoughts on “Bottom Line

  1. It’s purely Mr. Potter economics: The more units you move, the more you PROFIT. (See also: The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition)

  2. I’ve been saying this for years now…every single woman I know who has given birth in the past few years has, for some “unknown” reason has been given a (sometimes last-minute SURPRISE) c-section. Every single one!

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