Scheduling a birth, either through inducing labor or through C-section is increasingly popular. Doctors love it because it helps them sleep at night (Pitocin was apparently first used heavily to help OB's avoid the night shift). Pregnant Steelers fans love it because they know they won't miss the game. Hospitals love it because--oh, wait. Hospitals don't love it because it soaks up far more of their resources, whether through extended labor or C-section recovery. And with 20% of births in the US now scheduled, some CPA's might start putting their feet down.
Question: Do insurance companies treat a scheduled--and hence, predictably resource-intensive--delivery differently than a typical surprise one? Is that why hospitals squeal, because they're only getting preset package fees, not reimbursement for actual treatment/resources used? Could a conveniently scheduled delivery become an expensive add-on for which parents pick up the tab?
Birth, Controlled [nyt mag]