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ILLINOIS HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT COUNCIL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: SCOTT HAMILTON
DECEMBER 18, 1997
CHILD BIRTH AMONG TEENS REMAINS
NUMBER #1 HOSPITALIZATION IN 1996
SPRINGFIELD, IL . . . Natural child birth without complications among adolescent females
remained the number one reason for hospitalization even though the number of overall teen birth
discharges declined in 1996, according to findings released today by the Illinois Health Care Cost
Pregnancy, childbirth and the six-week period following delivery (puerperium) still makeup nine
of the 20 top reasons for hospitalization of adolescent females in Illinois.
“These types of care consistently ranks high in our surveys,” Council Executive Director
Joseph A. Bonefeste said. “Even though this is not a new trend, it is still alarming to find pregnancy
and childbirth among the top reasons. Among the nine pregnancy/birth-related hospitalizations alone,
this age group accounts for 34,140 discharges and more than $156 million in total hospital charges in
There were 29,901 childbirth discharges among teenage mothers last year, a 5.1 percent drop
from 1995 when there were 31,505 discharges. Overall, Cesarean-section births accounted for 14.1
percent of the 1996 total, a slight decrease from 1995 when the rate was 14.7 percent.
Average charges for all childbirths in 1996 were $4,683, a 9.2 percent increase from 1995 when
average charges were $4,254. The average charges for Cesarean-section hospitalizations proved to
be the most costly with a $11,630 charge, a 11.1 percent increase from 1995.
While Vaginal Delivery without Complicating Diagnoses remains the number one hospitalization
among female teenagers, Psychoses ranks second in the Council’s periodic survey of top 20
hospitalizations among adolescent females in Illinois. For these findings, the agency analyzed
discharges covering 1995 and 1996 for youths ages 12-20.
Since it was established in 1984, the Council has