Seeing that there is a world wide quest for governments to save money right now, I am putting my mind to ways that I would cut waste if I were in charge of the medical budget.
I invite you to add to this list. Just as the Wall Street tycoons are raiding the piggy bank with their inside deals, the obstetrics community wastes the medical budget with practices that are not only medically expensive but also harmful to the health of the population.
1. Take circumcision off the U.S. Medicaid funding. California cut circumcision off Medicaid in 1982 and has not only saved millions of medical dollars but also contributed to the health and well being of boys. 15 other states followed suit. What is taking the other states so long to come into the modern age? It’s time to stop this barbaric torture of unconsenting minors.
2. End eye ointment treatment of newborns. Britain and Australia do not put antibiotics in the eyes of newborns who don’t need it. If a baby gets an infection, they treat it. Who makes all the money from this unnecessary tribal rite? Curious minds want to know. When nurses, midwives and doctors continue these practises they line the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies at the detriment of babies.
3. End frivolous induction of the birth process. Oh, the poor doctors have to do it because women want it. Boo f____g Hoo! Since when do doctors do what the patients want? This is a crime against humanity. Inductions and cesarean sections go hand in hand. Every physician in America needs to get a letter from Obama himself about this one. They need to read their own textbooks which say that a normal length of pregnancy can be anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks and stop inducing women before 42 weeks. Now. This will save millions in reducing the cesarean rate, reducing the nursing staff requirements, and reducing the number of premature babies needing special care.
4. Spend money on taking excellent care of the women who do have cesareans. Make sure that they have intensive care in hospital or at home to get started breast feeding and healing their uterus. Cutting women open and then expecting them to go home and cope is costing millions in return stays in hospital and post partum depression. We have to take care of the mothers so they can care for the children. Investing money in this area will save medical dollars in the end.
This is just a beginning list. What a beginning it would be if just these 4 things were implemented.