Caesareans up after private health reforms

There are unforeseen consequences to making private insurance more affordable: a rise in potentially unnecessary caesarean sections, researchers claim.

A study shows births in WA private hospitals jumped more than 50% in the years after 2001, following the Federal Government’s reforms to boost uptake of private insurance.

There was also a corresponding leap in caesarean sections, with a 10% rise in planned caesareans and a 5% rise in emergency caesareans.

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