Sicko birth?

September 6, 2007 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Health, Movies | Leave a comment

It seems theres a new “revealing” coming out in film. First, Michael Moore‘s scathing review of the American medical system in Sicko. And now “Pregnant in America, a Nations Miscarriage“.

This comes to me via Betsy Chasse, one of the filmmakers of the film “What the Bleep do we Know?” For her next child, she’s planning a Canadian birth as her husband is Canadian. (she has the choice) “Unfortunately the medical system in this country seems to think that since I had a c-section the first time I’m incapable of having a natural birth and is all but forcing me into surgery.”

She observes that “… the main reason is that my insurance company has decided that the birth process of my child is basically a “pre existing condition” (Explain that!) and refuses to cover hospital costs. In America this can add up to $15,000 for a regular delivery and $40,000 for a c-section delivery.”

“…the U.S. has a 30% c-section rate (the World Health Organization recommends a nation to have no higher than a 15% c-section rate). …the U.S. has the second highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world.”

My children were very lucky. They were both born in a top children’s hospital with exceptional facilities and care.  For free. Government cutbacks have since closed the exceptional Grace hospital but much of that care is still provided here free. I can fully relate to her choice.

More about this and a Portland talk in late September.

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