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Jul222010

World Cesarean Rates: OECD Countries

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By Jill—Unnecesarean

 

OECD Health Data 2010, released on 29 June 2010, is a comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. According to its website, “it is an essential tool for health researchers and policy advisors in governments, the private sector and the academic community, to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health care systems.”

The following table shows the cesarean rates of OECD countries from 2004 to 2008.

 

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
OECD countries          
Australia 29.1% 30.0% 30.3% 30.6%  
Austria     25.4% 26.9% 27.5%
Belgium 17.8%   0.0% 17.3%  
Canada 25.3% 26.2% 26.3% 26.6%  
Chile          
Czech Republic 16.0% 17.1% 18.4% 19.6% 20.5%
Denmark 20.0% 19.4% 20.4% 21.4% 22.1%
Finland 16.4% 16.3% 16.1% 16.3% 16.5%
France 18.6% 19.1% 19.4% 19.9% 19.9%
Germany 26.0% 26.7% 27.8% 28.5% 29.4%
Greece          
Hungary 27.1% 29.2% 29.3% 30.3% 31.4%
Iceland 16.4% 15.6% 17.2% 16.9% 16.1%
Ireland 24.5% 25.1% 24.6% 25.4%  
Italy 39.4% 39.4% 39.7% 39.8%  
Japan          
Korea 36.7% 36.3% 35.1% 35.3% 35.3%
Luxembourg 27.1% 27.6% 27.5% 29.2%  
Mexico 37.0% 38.2% 39.5% 40.7% 43.9%
Netherlands 13.6% 13.6% 13.8% 14.0%  
New Zealand 22.3% 22.8% 23.9% 22.8% 22.8%
Norway 15.2% 15.9% 15.9% 17.2%  
Poland 16.3% 18.9% 19.6% 18.8% 19.3%
Portugal 27.0% 27.8% 31.0% 31.2% 32.7%
Slovak Republic 19.2% 20.7% 21.9% 23.5%  
Spain 24.0% 24.8% 26.0%    
Sweden          
Switzerland 25.7% 26.7% 28.8% 30.0% 31.6%
Turkey     29.7% 36.0% 37.7%
United Kingdom 22.7% 23.6% 23.2% 23.6% 23.7%
United States 29.1% 30.3% 31.1% 31.8% 32.0%
           
Accession countries          
Estonia 17.2% 18.9% 19.0% 20.0% 19.9%
Israel 17.8% 19.1% 18.6% 18.8% 19.2%
Slovenia 14.3% 15.5% 16.4% 16.8% 17.0%
           
           
SOURCE: OECD Health Data 2010 - Version: June 2010    
Surgical procedures by ICD-9-CM, Caesarean section      

 

 

Download an Excel spreadsheet of OECD Cesarean data from 1990 to 2008 [.xls]

 

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Reader Comments (4)

Does anyone really believe that those rates indicate medical need? If so, why would they be so wildly discrepant across borders?
It seems likelier that local and regional rates are being determined by local and regional practice habits. You do what the other guys are doing. Behavior is catching like that - for example, studies showing that smoking and obesity spread in social networks.

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJMT

Very interesting. It's intriguing to note which countries stay basically the same...which ones experience continuous incremental rise...and which ones experience sharp jumps!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill P.

Does anyone know WHY c/s rates are increasing basically everywhere? Is there an actual reason for that?

Also is there a similar spreadsheet showing maternal/infant mortality rates in parallel with these figures?

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Wow, so so interesting. More please.

Isn't Germany one of those countries we hold up as having a great midwife model with only high risk births going to an OB? Why is their rate so high?

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rachel
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