For Profit Hospitals Are Performing More C-Sections
An interesting new study has found that “for-profit hospitals in California are performing cesarean sections at higher rates than nonprofit hospitals.
A database compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to have a cesarean section at a for-profit hospital than at one that operates as a non-profit. A surgical birth can bring in twice the revenue of a vaginal delivery.
In addition, some hospitals appear to be performing more C-sections for non-medical reasons—including an individual doctor’s level of patience and the staffing schedules in maternity wards, according to interviews with health professionals.”
Research has told us for some time now that your chance of ending up with a C-section has a lot to do with which doctor and hospital you choose. Yet women continue to choose their doctor based on who their insurance covers, and unfortunately, (and I hear this often) which hospital has the biggest, prettiest birthing suites. In fact, that’s what the hospitals in NW Arkansas seem to promote most of all. A large sign on I-540 stood for some time marketing an area hospital as “the Beverly Hills of Birthing Centers.” Really? Well, I hear they do a lot of surgery in Beverly Hills.
If you are really interested in the best birth for you and your baby, do your research. Not all doctors and hospitals are created equal. Ask what the c-section rate is when you are deciding where to go, then compare. You owe it to yourself. I have a pretty good feeling that California isn’t the only place where money is made on unnecessary c-sections.