Why Does SC Have Such A High C-Section Rate?

South Carolina’s C-section rate is above the national average because healthcare providers feel that there is less likelihood of complications that would result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. In May of 2013, Spartanburg Regional Hospital was sued for $2.5 million for birth complications taking place nearly ten years ago. The president of the South Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society said, “[w]e all believe that the C-section rate is probably tied to malpractice.”

Photo of a Columbia doctor writing down a diagnosis

While C-sections may result in less costly medical malpractice suits, they cost the hospital nearly twice as much as a natural birth. The Director of Medicaid is trying to save $100 million next year and will begin to fine hospitals whose C-section rates are too far above the average. He said, “excess C-sections are driving excess costs…and excess poor outcomes.” In other words, the surgery is not necessarily safer than a natural birth, but “the medical community has…taken this major abdominal surgery and downplayed the complications that come from it,” said an analyst at Roper St. Francis.

Columbia Attorneys That Handle Medical Malpractice Cases

If a C-section is not medically necessary, but your doctor is pressuring you into performing one, let the legal team of Proffitt & Cox, LLP help. Since leaving big corporate law firms, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to defending the rights of everyday South Carolinians who have suffered at the hands of a negligent healthcare system. Our Columbia medical malpractice lawyers represent mothers and their children. If complications occur during birth, we will work tirelessly to recover the maximum compensation that you and your family need to enjoy a healthy life. For more information, call our office locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533.

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Source: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140302/PC16/140309862



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