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Private patients are more likely to have a caesarean section, finds study

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 26 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7049
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Pregnant women who opt for private medical care are more than twice as likely as those who use public health services to have a planned caesarean section, a study has found.

For the study researchers analysed deliveries among 30 000 women with singleton pregnancies who gave birth in a large urban maternity hospital in Ireland between January 2008 and July 2011. Of these women 24 574 were publicly funded and 5479 were private patients.

Irish hospitals have offered both private (20% …

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