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Government considering cutting funding for caesarean sections: Queen's University expert

2012-02-02

Queen’s University School of Medicine professor Ellen Tsai is available to comment on reports  the Ontario government is considering eliminating funding for planned, non-life-threatening caesarean sections. There now must be evidence medical procedures like planned caesarean sections will improve health outcomes.

"The solution for finding cost efficiencies in our health care system is very complex,” says Dr. Tsai, a bioethics expert and practicing physician.  “Much of the ‘low-hanging fruit’ has already been picked.  In order for potential solutions such as not funding ‘elective’ caesarean section births to be viable, they require collaborative input from the obstetricians providing these services.  We should not wish for a health care system where decisions about whether we are entitled to services are in the hands of a clerk armed with a checklist as happened in some HMOs in the U.S, but rather still made by front-line health care providers who are seeing the patients."

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