Brazil clamps down on ‘C-section epidemic’

2015-01-07 17:18

Brazil’s health minister has unveiled new rules aimed at stemming what he calls an “epidemic of caesareans” by private health care providers and promoting natural births.

Arthur Chioro says health insurance companies will have to provide users with information about the percentage of caesareans performed by individual doctors and hospitals.

The ministry says in a statement issued yesterday that 84 percent of births covered by private health plans now are caesarean. That compares to 40 percent in Brazil’s public hospitals.

Chioro says the ministry is treating the heavy number of caesarean as a public health problem.

Nearly 24 million Brazilian women have private health plans that cover obstetric services.

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