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3.5 Billion Dollars Annually Could Be Saved…

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When you hear about saving 3.5 billion dollars in health care costs annually, you think of cutting out serious medically necessary procedures and possible coverage for women nationwide right?  What if I were to tell you that if the National c-section rate was cut by just 11% it could cut 3.5 billion dollars in those health care costs?

Today the PR News Wire reported these numbers, based out of Utah. Also reported was a maternity health care cost cut of $300 million dollars per each 1% drop in the c-section rate.

The charges only represent hospital charges, not the cost of Obstetricians, re-admission to the hospital, or the cost of anesthesia.

The article states:

Nationally, about 1 in 3 births are by C-section—the most common surgery in U.S. hospitals today. This represents an all-time high, increasing by more than 50 percent since the 1990s.(6) In 2008, Intermountain estimates that 473,592 C-sections in the U.S. were potentially unnecessary.(7) These births result in higher (national) average maternal charges—$16,671.89 compared to $9,428.08 for a vaginal birth(8)—and increased medical complications for the mother and baby. (Intermountain’s average charges were $9,101.35 for a C-section and $4,964.30 for a vaginal birth.)

These numbers as well as the research was provided by Intermountain Healthcare.

Do you think lowering the c-section rate nationally could help with the increasing cost of maternity care in the United States?

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