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Should women who elect to have caesarean sections pay for them?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 17 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1070
  1. I Z MacKenzie, Reader in obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR—The issue of whether doctors should perform elective caesarean sections on request confronts obstetricians almost daily.1 Neither the original articles in the BMJ on elective caesarean section nor the correspondence that followed quantified the problem in the United Kingdom. 1 2

    The table illustrates the primary indications for 978 caesarean sections performed before labour in 1976, 1986, and 1996 at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The information …

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