Lots of reasons to spend a lot of time on, but money rises to the short list fast. We demand more of it! We talk healthcare, and quality, and patient care, but we don't really act that way. Read the stories of corruption and fraud and we can start a discussion of why we are not at the top. Money wise we are at the best of breed, so-to-speak. We make more, charge more, and hide more than anybody in the world. Transparency is so bad even the hospitals cannot tell you what a procedure will cost in most cases! If you doubt that, then try it--call your local hospital, explain your doctor recommends your gallbladder needs to come out and ask how much. Nine out of ten times you will not be able to get an immediate answer with a price.
We are messed up for sure.
C-section rates are a perfect example of a progressive, modern, high-tech, national healthcare that fails horribly.
According to the CDC our national rate is slightly above 32%. Quite simply, one out of every 3 women give birth which is a natural process, by c-section, which is not. As a modern nation we again fail in relation to everybody else. The World Health Organization recommends a safe rate of approx. 15%. So we doubled that. Why?
For one, back to the basics of our healthcare system--money. Worldwide in 2008 over 6 million unnecessary sections were performed. Understand a bit better now?
In the 1960's the C-section rate in the U.S. was 4.5%, so we had a good handle on it. But what happened?
The answer is all to simple. All the charts, excuses, and other data and endless medical opinions, and expert discussions can't be any better at explaining what we already know.
The truth is disturbing and embarrassing. So much for leading edge patient care.