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Posted by portugalpress on December 04, 2017

Portuguese hospitals are under fire for performing too many ‘expensive’ Caesarian section births.

Explain reports, the World Health Organisation ideal average for this type of delivery is 15%. But certain maternity units continue to notch up figures “superior to 30%”, and now the health service is retaliating.

Says SIC TV news, it will start penalising hospitals by refusing to cover operation and inpatient costs if the 30% limit is exceeded.

Right now, the overall figure for C-sections performed in national hospitals is “around 25%” of all births - but health units in Guarda, northeast Bragança and Cova da Beira bump up the figures dramatically.

Guarda has the highest percentage of c-section births (41%), while the other two units both run with at 38%.

Reasons given for this recourse to surgery range from “the mother’s advanced age” to other ‘complications’ that may be seen as precluding natural childbirth. But as has been established, c-section births though potentially easier on the delivery team, carry risks for the mother and baby that extend beyond the delivery process.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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