Epidemiologic Reports, SurveysThe Association Between Government Health Care Spending and Maternal Mortality in the European Union, 1981 to 2010: A Retrospective StudyMaruthappu, M.; Ng, K.Y.B.; Williams, C.; Atun, R.; Agrawal, P.; Zeltner, T.Author Information Imperial College London, London, UK Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2016 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 73-74 doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000482606.72173.94 Buy Metrics Abstract (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. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.