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J Rural Health. 1999 Winter;15(1):108-12.

Primary cesarean section rates in uninsured, Medicaid and insured populations of predominantly rural northern New England.

Abstract

Many studies in the United States during the past two decades have reported consistently lower cesarean section rates in women of lower socioeconomic status as defined by census tract, insurance status, or maternal level of educational attainment. This study sought to determine whether cesarean section rates in predominantly rural northern New England are lower for lower, compared with higher socioeconomic groups, as they are reported nationally and in more urban areas. Age-adjusted, primary cesarean section rates for privately insured, Medicaid and uninsured women were calculated using 1990 to 1992 uniform hospital discharge data for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Age-adjusted cesarean section rates for insured women (15.71 percent) were significantly higher than those for Medicaid (14.35 percent) and uninsured (12.85 percent) women. These differences in the cesarean section rate between the insured and poorer populations in northern New England are much less than those reported elsewhere in the country.

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