The Case of Money + the C-Section

I have heard countless women speak about their low-risk pregnancies leading to C-sections. From this I have concluded doctors must be getting some kind of monetary incentive for butchering women without medically sound reasons. In an article written for NPR, Shankar Vedantam, writes abou?t this very idea. His article titled, Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections, recounts the research of health care economists Erin Johnsonand M. Marit Rehavi.

 "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." 

ONE in THREE?! This is scary and has changed the very essence of how humans give birth. It's like how navigation has changed the way humans get around. You almost never hear someone ask for directions, soon its going to be the same with birth. A woman will just schedule her due date and keep it moving. 

"Pregnant doctors are less likely than other women to deliver their babies via C-section, recent research suggests. Economists say that may be because the physician patients feel more empowered to question the obstetrician."

Of course, this is just like executives of Monsanto peddling GMOs and only serving organic foods in their corporate cafeterias or Dr. Oz telling every parent to give their children vaccines when his children are vaccine free. Oh the hypocrisy. 

"They hypothesized that obstetricians would be less likely to be swayed by financial incentives when patients themselves had significant medical expertise and knowledge. By contrast, the researchers figured, such incentives might play a larger role in medical decision-making when patients knew very little."

Indeed knowledge is power.

To read the entire article click here.