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The Association Between Government Health Care Spending and Maternal Mortality in the European Union, 1981 to 2010: A Retrospective Study

Maruthappu, M.; Ng, K.Y.B.; Williams, C.; Atun, R.; Agrawal, P.; Zeltner, T.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2016 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 73–74
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000482606.72173.94
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(BJOG. 2015;122(9):1216–1224)

Government health care expenditure per capita, on a national level, is a predictor of maternal mortality, which the authors of this study defined as death of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth, or within 42 days of delivery from obstetric causes. In turn, maternal mortality is commonly used as a marker for the performance of a country’s health care system. In the present study, authors determined associations between decreases in government health care spending and maternal mortality over a 30-year period (1981 to 2010) in 24 European Union countries, with the goal of elucidating the impact of government health care spending on survival in the parturient population.

Imperial College London, London, UK

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