Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Financial Impact of Stillbirths

People sometimes bash the United States for having a higher rate of infant mortality than European countries. Others respond by claiming that many of the dead infants in the U.S. statistic would be counted as stillbirths abroad. According to this I.R.S. FAQ, it appears that American parents have a financial incentive to have their dead baby classified as a live birth rather than a stillbirth. Could that have some impact on the stats? (via)
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