World Cesarean Rates: OECD Countries

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By Jill

OECD Health Data 2010, released on 29 June 2010, is a comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. According to its website, β€œit is an essential tool for health researchers and policy advisors in governments, the private sector and the academic community, to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health care systems.”

The following table shows the cesarean rates of OECD countries from 2004 to 2008.

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

OECD countries

Australia

29.1%

30.0%

30.3%

30.6%

Austria

25.4%

26.9%

27.5%

Belgium

17.8%

0.0%

17.3%

Canada

25.3%

26.2%

26.3%

26.6%

Chile

Czech Republic

16.0%

17.1%

18.4%

19.6%

20.5%

Denmark

20.0%

19.4%

20.4%

21.4%

22.1%

Finland

16.4%

16.3%

16.1%

16.3%

16.5%

France

18.6%

19.1%

19.4%

19.9%

19.9%

Germany

26.0%

26.7%

27.8%

28.5%

29.4%

Greece

Hungary

27.1%

29.2%

29.3%

30.3%

31.4%

Iceland

16.4%

15.6%

17.2%

16.9%

16.1%

Ireland

24.5%

25.1%

24.6%

25.4%

Italy

39.4%

39.4%

39.7%

39.8%

Japan

Korea

36.7%

36.3%

35.1%

35.3%

35.3%

Luxembourg

27.1%

27.6%

27.5%

29.2%

Mexico

37.0%

38.2%

39.5%

40.7%

43.9%

Netherlands

13.6%

13.6%

13.8%

14.0%

New Zealand

22.3%

22.8%

23.9%

22.8%

22.8%

Norway

15.2%

15.9%

15.9%

17.2%

Poland

16.3%

18.9%

19.6%

18.8%

19.3%

Portugal

27.0%

27.8%

31.0%

31.2%

32.7%

Slovak Republic

19.2%

20.7%

21.9%

23.5%

Spain

24.0%

24.8%

26.0%

Sweden

Switzerland

25.7%

26.7%

28.8%

30.0%

31.6%

Turkey

29.7%

36.0%

37.7%

United Kingdom

22.7%

23.6%

23.2%

23.6%

23.7%

United States

29.1%

30.3%

31.1%

31.8%

32.0%

Accession countries

Estonia

17.2%

18.9%

19.0%

20.0%

19.9%

Israel

17.8%

19.1%

18.6%

18.8%

19.2%

Slovenia

14.3%

15.5%

16.4%

16.8%

17.0%

SOURCE: OECD Health Data 2010 - Version: June 2010

Surgical procedures by ICD-9-CM, Caesarean section

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