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Posted by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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Where are we breaking records in health care?! For example, I see that we spend more than any other of the industrialized nations on prenatal care and delivery- only to have the second HIGHEST maternal death rate of all of these nations! Catch a clue! 

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by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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The reason prenatal (and really any medical field) care is so high is because of frivolous lawsuits. Malpractice insurance is ridiculously expensive because of it. If we could eliminate those lawsuits, malpractice insurance costs would drop, in turn making health care costs drop.
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by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 1:21 AM
I agree, that is one piece of the puzzle. Do you know what the most performed operation is in the US? C-sections. Did you know almost half of all c-sections performed are repeat c-sections? If we can get providers, hospitals and insurance companies that provide liability coverage for doctors to support TOLAC's (trial of labor after c-section) and to do vaginal breech births- our health care costs would go down and we would have much fewer (perfectly preventable) maternal deaths. Also, if we looked at models of biryhing from countries with low maternal and infant death rates, they don't try to "manage" labor like we do. Saline IV drips, birthing on the back, pitocin, epidurals, constant fetal monitoring and AROM, etc all carry pretty small risk on increasing a woman's chance of having a c-section. Added together you end up with low-risk women ending up having major surgery to birth their child. (Not knocking c-sections or any of the interventions I mentioned, as there is a time and place for each. I also honor a woman's right to informed consent, should she elect to have a c-section.) One third of births should NOT be ending in surgery.

Quoting Whaaaaaa....O.o:

The reason prenatal (and really any medical field) care is so high is because of frivolous lawsuits. Malpractice insurance is ridiculously expensive because of it. If we could eliminate those lawsuits, malpractice insurance costs would drop, in turn making health care costs drop.
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by Whoopie on Oct. 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM
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Litigious society- 

Dictates treatment.

Causes increased prices.

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