Monday, June 15, 2009

Realities Of A For-Profit Health Care System

Did you know? "[N]early one-third of all US women deliver their babies by caesarean section, a rate that is far higher than medically necessary. One of the reasons is that most obstetricians and hospitals are paid far more for a surgical delivery than for a vaginal birth. Such incentives not only raise costs, but ironically often produce worse health outcomes." [Emphasis added.] It is but one example of the way a for-profit health care system unnecessarily penalizes the public, as Judy Norsigian and Jennifer Potter, MD, wrote in their opinion for the Boston Globe.

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