C-Section Trends Out of Control in South Florida

Cesarean sections are associated with surgical complications, high rates of maternal rehospitalizations, and rising neonatal intensive care unit admissions. U.S. use of the procedure increased by 50% between 1996 and 2007, accounting for 32% of all births in 2007. Now, in Hialeah, Florida, the rate is more than twice that.

Medicare Supports Informed Patient Choice at the End of Life

Six years ago, the Affordable Care Act contained a provision to pay doctors for talking with their patients about their end-of-life decisions. Public pressure against the proposed “death panels” forced Democrats to remove it from the bill. Now, healthcare reformers supporting the provision are gaining traction on the issue.