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What happens when a private hospital comes to town? The impact of the 'public' to 'private' hospital shift on regional birthing outcomes.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
49–55
Identifiers
PMID: 17369116
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The introduction of a new private hospital birthing facility into the regional health area studied and the shift from public to private hospital birth had a profound impact on the overall birthing experiences of women in the region. This suggests that private hospital services are not a direct substitute for public hospital birthing services. The cascade effect was present for women regardless of risk category and more pronounced in the private hospital. Women who are privately insured require better information to assist them in choosing their birthing environment, rather than assuming that they are simply buying a comparable product through private insurance.

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