Variation in the Rate of Cesarean Section Across U.S. Hospitals, 2013

Among hospitals with 1,000 or more deliveries—which accounted for over 80 percent of all deliveries and C-sections—the minimum and maximum low-risk C-section rate differed ten-fold (from 4.6 to 46.9 per 100 low-risk deliveries). In contrast, the total C-section rate differed only four-fold (from 15.4 to 63.5 per 100 total deliveries).

The mean low-risk C-section rate was higher among private for-profit hospitals, hospitals in large metropolitan areas, and hospitals in the Northeast and South, compared with other hospitals. The total C-section rate showed a similar pattern by region but did not differ across other hospital characteristics.



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