Given the added risk for medical error and other adverse outcomes, we are
pleased to report that the steady increase in Cesarean section childbirth
seems to be reversing in California. In 2014, California hospitals reduced
the number of C sections performed by more than 1,000 compared with
2013, according to a recent article in the
Los Angeles Times.
previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, Cesarean section delivery rates in California have been rising concurrently
with maternal morbidity. Medical experts believe that’s because
C-sections have higher risks of complications such as infection, bleeding,
or blood clots when compared to vaginal births.
Despite the risks, doctors have increasingly allowed C-sections for non-medical
reasons, effectively allowing doctor and patients to “schedule” delivery.
According to the World Health Organization, the ideal C-section rate is
approximately 15 percent. In 2009, the U.S. rate was more than double
at 32.9 percent. However, it appears the trend may have reached its peak.
detailed by the
Los Angeles Times, hospitals are facing direct pressure from insurers and patients to reduce
C-section rate. For insurance companies, encouraging vaginal deliveries
is a cost-saving measure. In California, a hospital stay including a vaginal
delivery costs an average of $15,259; by comparison, maternal care plus
a C-section costs $21,307.
Given the risks involved with unnecessary C-sections, patients are also
beginning to factor in the likelihood of a Cesarean section delivery when
selecting a doctor and/or health care facility. “As more data on
medical facilities is available to patients, hospitals don’t want
to fall to the bottom of the pack and lose patients who see higher C-section
rates as unfavorable,” the article notes.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm due to a C-section
mistake or other medical error, you may be entitled to compensation, such
as pain and suffering damages and reimbursement of medical expenses. For
more information, please contact
a San Diego medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.