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World Cesarean Rates: OECD Countries, 2009

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By Jill Arnold

OECD Health Data 2011 offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries.

The following are 2009 data. View 2004 -2008 data for OECD countries.

Surgical procedures by ICD-9-CM, Caesarean section, 2009
  CS Rate    
Australia  —    
Austria 28.6%    
Belgium  —    
Canada  —    
Chile  —    
Czech Republic 21.2%    
Denmark 20.6%    
Estonia 20.7%    
Finland 15.7%    
France 20.0%    
Germany 30.3%    
Greece  —    
Hungary 32.5%    
Iceland 15.8%    
Ireland 26.0%    
Israel 18.8%    
Italy 38.4%    
Japan  —    
Korea 35.1%    
Luxembourg 29.7%    
Mexico 42.0%    
Netherlands  —    
New Zealand 24.0%    
Norway  —    
Poland 22.8%    
Portugal 33.0%    
Slovak Republic 27.0%    
Slovenia 17.8%    
Spain 24.9%    
Sweden 17.1%    
Switzerland 32.4%    
Turkey 42.7%    
United Kingdom 23.7%    
United States  —    
Source: OECD Health Data 2011    




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Reader Comments (4)

That is really fascinating! I wish there was a table comparing that data against maternal/neonatal mortality rates also. I know it wouldn't be entirely correlated, but I'd still like to see it.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAron

I'd love to see the middle eastern and south asian countries included too. As they move away from midwife and home births to medicalized/hospital births (where some women are not allowed ANYONE to be with her during birth), I suspect (and hear anecdotally) cesarean rates are skyrocketing.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

Fun fact: in Sweden ALL medical care to do with having a baby (prenatal care, birth, postpartum, ALL of it) is completely free. Yes, they have universal health care but it does include co-pays...but not for baby-havin'. (Yes, it's pronatalist...but it's also great!)

I have family in Turkey, and this makes me sad for them. :( Anyone know why it has skyrocketed there?

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzan
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