To Cut Costs the NHS encourages Women to just Take the Pain of Natural Childbirth

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 2nd, 2012

Week in Review

The American Left says the Republicans hate women.  The so-called war on women.  They want to force women back into dangerous back-alleys for abortions.  And take away their birth control.  But imagine the tune the Left will be singing when Obamacare catches up to the NHS.  And scrambles to find cost savings via rationing.  And asks women to ‘man-up’ and just take the pain of natural childbirth.  When their liberal Democrat-passed Obamacare has no choice but to do what the NHS is doing (see Caesareans and pain relief for mothers giving birth ‘should be cut to save the NHS money’ by Sophie Borland posted 8/30/2012 on the Daily Mail).

Family doctors are being told to try to talk women out of having Caesareans and very strong painkillers during birth to save the NHS money.

New guidelines drawn up for GPs urge them to encourage women to have natural labours with as little medical help as possible…

The guidelines also remind doctors to tell women to consider having their babies outside hospital in midwife-run units or in their own homes.

Caesareans cost the NHS around £1,200 a time while epidurals – anaesthetic injections into the spine – are around £200.

Giving birth is the most painful thing a human body can endure.  While being one of the most natural things as well.  For millennia women gave birth without Caesarean sections or epidurals.  So on the one hand you can see the cost-accounting logic of the NHS.  While on the other hand about half of the world’s population doesn’t give birth.  Making it easy for them to say, “Gee, honey.  It’s just childbirth.  What’s the big deal?  Just suck it up and take the pain.”  Of course those who say something like this aloud may experience some physical pain themselves.  And may end up walking funny for awhile.

Just to show you how bad it is in the NHS lets crunch some numbers.  The UK has about 800,000 births per year as of late.  Approximately 25% of these births are by Caesareans section.  So if you crunch the numbers using current exchange rates the savings come out to approximately $379 million annually for Caesareans.  And about $253 million for epidurals.  Bringing the approximate annual savings to $632 million total.  Considering the annual NHS budget is roughly $166.6 billion these savings come to approximately 0.38% of total NHS annual expenditures.  Less than one half of one percent.  Small.  But when you add a lot of these up (and there are a lot of them because the NHS pays for everything for everyone) it makes a significant savings in the aggregate.  Which is why they’re asking British women to take the pain.

Now some can make the argument that making a woman give birth naturally is actually more painful that requiring a woman to buy her own birth control.  Or pay for her own abortion.  But the Left attacks Republicans on these issues as if the affect on women is as traumatic as live childbirth without any pain medication.  Makes one wonder what the attacks will be like when they urge women to endure more pain to help balance the Obamacare budget.  Especially considering that based on population there will be five times as many US women giving birth than in the UK.  So there will be larger cost savings available.  And probably a louder screaming will be heard.  Both figuratively.  And literally.

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