Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Grassroots Network: Cesarean section excuse to increase insurance premiums

Dear Friends,

The Sunday New York Times includes an article documenting that women who have individual health insurance coverage (not group insurance through an employer), are being penalized by some insurance companies with higher premiums, just because they had a cesarean section for any reason.

As the friend who sent me this link wrote:
“Talk about being between a rock and a hard place -- women who have had cesarean surgery are now, on top of everything else, ping-pong balls in a game between the health insurance companies and the malpractice insurance companies.”

You can read the article here. When obstetricians have openly admitted to performing cesarean sections merely to decrease their vulnerability to a lawsuit (and other equally outrageous non-medical reasons), the fact that women are first operated on for non-medical reasons, and then are required to pay extra for health insurance, is just plain unacceptable.

Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”

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