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U.S. News & World Report: The C-Section Capital of America

ResearchResearch from HCCI's Healthy Marketplace Index on variation in service prices was featured in a report on c-sections from U.S. News & World Report.

From the article: 

"Exactly why doctors continue to perform cesareans for low-risk deliveries is a layered issue that appears more closely tied to system-level breakdowns than to individual physicians.

For example, researchers have theorized that providers may do more C-sections because the payout is better than for a vaginal delivery. Data compiled by the Health Care Cost InstituteHealth Care Cost Institute shows that across three large private insurers in 40 major metro areas in 2016, the median price of a cesarean was $9,700, while the median price of a vaginal birth was $6,867. In the New Orleans metro area, the only Louisiana city included in the analysisthe analysis, the median price of a C-section was $6,396, while the median price of a vaginal delivery was $5,476."