Friday, August 30, 2013


Johann Wagener 8-30-13

American capitalism is about making money and the medical profession is not immune. Their credo was "do no harm" and is now "make a profit."

So, it should come as no surprise that money is the motivating factor when it comes to performing C-sections rather than letting mothers go full term.

Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections : NPR

Obstetricians perform more cesarean sections when there are financial incentives to do so, according to a new study that explores links between economic incentives and medical decision-making during childbirth.

About 1 in 3 babies born today is delivered via C-section, compared to 1 in 5 babies delivered via the surgical procedure in 1996. During the same time period, the annual medical costs of childbirth in the U.S. have grown by $3 billion annually. There are significant variations in the rate of cesarean deliveries in different parts of the country — in Louisiana, for example, the C-section rate is nearly twice as high as in Alaska.