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Reminds me of the 40's, 50's and possibly 60's, when doctors routinely performed unnecessary tonsillectomies on children, "because they might be needed in the future." Of course, they also billed for those operations, which didn't hurt their incomes, either.
"Caesarean sections cost thousands more than normal deliveries"...Another study needs to be done to determine who receives the revenue from the C-section and if particular doctors are more likely to order a C-section.
Actually, I believe insurance companies long ago made pay equal for the doctor, whether it was surgical or vaginal delivery, to try stem the C-section tidal wave. The John Edwards of the world brought us C-section America, and tort reform is the solution. While continuous fetal monitoring hasn't been proven to improve baby outcomes, it is undeniable there is always a paid medical expert to find some "worrisome component" within the tracing when a baby has a birth problem.
I know I went to a specific hospital because it was suspected at a doctor appointment that my unborn baby was under potentially fatal stress due to the placenta shutting down. I went to where the team of doctors determined if early delivery was required, and where they would be prepared to handle the fragile newborn. Had it been a normal pregnancy I would have went to my "regular" hospital.
I suspect the hospitals with the high level of c- sections also have a level 1 neonatal ICU. Who wants to have a c-section at a hospital without level 1 status.
John Edwards made a lot of money advocating C-Sections despite the fact that there isn't any evidence to suggest that the method of birth caused the affliction he was suing over.
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