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JFenix Post time: 2017-9-8 00:25
I agree except for one thing - a c-section is major surgery. That should be something done if its ...
f its determined as necessary by the doctor.
I get what you mean, but don't necessarily agree. In countries where costs of pregnancy, delivery, and aftercare (or any medical treatment for that matter) is fully covered by state (from tax revenues), I agree - no individual should decide such risky procedures without doctor's support.
However, in countries/hospitals where the state does not sponsor medical treatments, and the customer pays it all from their own pocket, then I believe in self-determination of individuals to choose treatmets however risky. But they must then be prepared to also cover the failures - if not themselves, then through insurances.
I'm not sure how much state sponsors of baby deliveries in China - we paid about 10K for ours this spring, and from what I have learned, that is quite cheap. In many hospitals the doctors have a tendency to push for C-section because it is more expensive and better profit for them.
Therefore I tend to think (again, not sure), that in China delivery costs are mainly covered by the families themselves, and as such whatever treatment they want and are prepare to pay for, should be provided.
Same way that most cosmetic surgeries are medically unnecessary and every year (globally) many people die from complications arising from them, and many more resort to public healthcare to fix related issues.
So I think that in China if a woman wants C-section and is ready to pay for it, then she should get it regardless of risks. Of course this is just my personal opinion.
That said, my wife just mentioned that in China, towards the end of pregnancy, the state considers woman too unstable to make major decisions, and that is why she loses authority to decide about things like C-section. That's why it was the husband's decision in that case.
So to revisit my original comment on this thread, I think in this case the state is to blame for devising such law.