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Insurers not worried about cost of rise in hospital births

Thursday 28 July 2011

Health insurance companies are not concerned about the increasing popularity of hospital births because they cost about the same as a home birth, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

'If a woman gives birth in an out-patients clinic, under the supervision of a midwife, it does not cost much more than a home birth,' a spokesman for the health insurance company association said.

This is because many women who opt for a hospital birth may have to pay an extra fee.

Nevertheless, insurers are concerned about overcapacity, now hospitals are building extra accommodation to cope with the surge in day clinic births.


The Telegraaf said earlier on Thursday that in Leiden alone, the number of hospital births has gone up from 3,000 to 3,600, prompting an expansion in services. And the Canisius-Wilhelmina hospital in Nijmegen is building 15 new luxury birthing suites to meet demand.

Ten years ago, 37% of babies in the Netherlands were born in hospital but that had risen to 75% by last year.

Professor Jan van Lith of Leiden University's teaching hospital told the paper media reports about the high perinatal death rate in the Netherlands were driving women to chose hospital births. The increase in demand for pain relief is also playing a role, he said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Of course they're not worried....they'll just pass the costs onto us in the form of higher insurance rates, or lower redeemable costs in order to maintain their profit margins and fat exec salaries!!

By Caycu | 28 July 2011 3:26 PM

What a shame. When I first came to the Netherlands 30-odd years ago, natural, drug-free home-births were encouraged and the norm. Unless there are complications, I see no need at all for hospital births, after all you're not ill, you're having a baby. I had all mine drug-free and at home, and there's nothing like it. Own shower, own bed and so much nicer for the baby.

By WoodsUK | 28 July 2011 4:20 PM

"Youre not ill, you're having a baby', and still births and wonen dying in child births are an acceptable risk. Would you advicate the same if you had had a threatening complication during labour, but could not be gotten down the vertical and narrow stairwell?

By Joyce | 31 July 2011 9:55 PM

No, WoodsUK...choice is nicer. Not everyone is exactly like you.

Mothers are older on average now, the risk of complications is therefore higher, and not everyone lives close to a hospital.

Why do people think their reality should be everybody else's?

By CW | 1 August 2011 9:00 AM

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