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High caesarean section rate in rural China: Is it related to health insurance (New Co-operative Medical Scheme)?

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  • Long, Qian
  • Klemetti, Reija
  • Wang, Yang
  • Tao, Fangbiao
  • Yan, Hong
  • Hemminki, Elina
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    The epidemic of Caesarean section (CS) is worldwide, and it has been argued that it is mainly due to non-medical factors, including healthcare financing patterns. We investigated the use of CS in rural China and the related factors, particularly health insurance in the form of the New Co-operative Medical Scheme introduced in 2003.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 75 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 733-737

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:75:y:2012:i:4:p:733-737

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    Keywords: China; Caesarean section; Rural health insurance; Women;

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    1. Grant, Darren, 2009. "Physician financial incentives and cesarean delivery: New conclusions from the healthcare cost and utilization project," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 244-250, January.
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    4. Wagstaff, Adam & Lindelow, Magnus & Jun, Gao & Ling, Xu & Juncheng, Qian, 2009. "Extending health insurance to the rural population: An impact evaluation of China's new cooperative medical scheme," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 1-19, January.
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