United States hospital-based births covered by private insurance are associated with higher rates of obstetric intervention than births paid for by Medicaid, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
The latest study was led by health policy researcher Katy B. Kozhimannil, Ph.D., M.P.A., who partnered with fellow University of Minnesota researchers Tetyana P. Shippee, Ph.D. and Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H., as well as UCare Minnesota health care analyst Olusola Adegoke, M.P.H., M.B.B.S, who worked on the study as a masters student at the School of Public Health.
The study appeared this week in the American Journal of Managed Care.
To arrive at their conclusion, the researchers studied the relationship between the primary payer and trends in hospital-based childbirth obstetric procedures, such as cesarean delivery and labor induction. They examined 6,717,486 births across the United States between the years 2002 – 2009.
Though obstetric intervention rates have increased over time for all births, the presence and type of health insurance affected the type of care women received during childbirth.