Economic Bulletin , News of 26 October 2016

Hospital-level policy can affect physician behavior and reduce C-section rates

Konstantin Gastmann (Copyright)  Baby - Monate
Copyright: Konstantin Gastmann

The past few decades have seen a considerable increase in caesarean section rates, which have now reached unprecedented levels. Concerns have been raised about the possibility of medically unnecessary procedures having negative consequences for mothers and infants (WHO, 2015). The aim of this report is to show that a properly implemented hospital-level policy may be a powerful tool for reducing the rates of unnecessary C-sections without inflicting harm on mothers or newborns. Reducing the rates of unnecessary procedures helps lower the excessive healthcare costs that present a major concern for public policy.

DIW Economic Bulletin 43/2016 | PDF, 164.77 KB