I am still in a euphoric state. As the incredible reality of our new President starts to settle in, I am realizing the proper space now exists for a chance for change. In the realm of women’s rights and healthcare, I am anxious to see the next steps that both Barack Obama :), Joe Biden, along with the amazing Michelle Obama and Jill Biden take. It has been evident that this new administration will not let these issues fall though the cracks on their watch.
Now that we finally have someone’s attention, I think that it is important to wave the flag. As much as the topic of healthcare is on the minds and tongues of many, the excessive fiscal waste and inefficiencies evident in our system are not discussed openly.
I am going to start talking about it as much as I can. I truly believe the lack of supported advocacy for women’s health has a direct correlation to the state of our health care system.
There are approximately 6 million pregnancies every year throughout the United States, more than 19 million women are uninsured in this country and up until this point, sex education ( and quite frankly anatomy education) in this country has not been given the attention it deserves. We need to pursue a sustainable healthcare system which connects the dots and get women to speak up.
99% of births occur in hospitals. The average cost for a normal delivery held at a hospital is $6,378 and $10,638 +for a cesarean. Many hospitals are reporting cesarean rates of more than 40%. The estimated cost of a delivery and prenatal care at a birthing center is about $3,000 – $4,000. And unfortunately, insurance coverage for the choice to have one’s birth at a birthing center is not yet as easy to obtain as a hospital birth.
Of course the healthcare industries as yet are not going to fully disclose where that extra $3,000 to $7,000 + cost comes from. Could it be from the HIGHLY common use of pitocin, epidurals and other analgesics, the high cost surgery fees emergency and elective c-sections? I ask you to investigate for yourself if these all to common procedures are sustainable and healthy. Truly looking at the lifecycle of our health care system can reveal mind boggling revelations about the long term effects on our bodies and our children’s bodies and minds, not to mention our wallets.
Transparency needs to be revealed as to why these statistics are what they are and truths need to be shared.