In America, some medical aids have starting denying coverage to women who have had caesarean sections. The reason for this is that these women are likely to have another c-section if they should become pregnant again. A c-section costs about $2,700 more, on average, than a vaginal birth. The proportion of births delivered by c-section was at its highest (31.1%) in 2006.
Although women who have had a c-section can have a safe vaginal delivery later, many doctors now require these women to have c-sections, due to a small risk of uterine rupture (which can be fatal).
Some medical aids treat a c-section as a pre-existing condition, whilst others exclude coverage for a c-section for a certain period of time. Those medical aids that accept women who have had the procedure usually charge higher premiums.
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