There has been a lot of debate over medical insurance since the launch of Barack Obama’s universal health plan for the US. Much of that debate has swirled around a number of issues that concern women, including pregnancy prevention and medical care during pregnancy.
Before discussing prenatal care, one cannot ignore the millions of dollars a year that insurance companies are being forced to pay for contraceptive pills. Now, I agree to some point that it may be pennies compared to the cost of prenatal and then baby care for an unwanted child. But since there is a perfectly natural way to prevent pregnancy known as abstinence, I tend to think that if a woman has no self control the government should not be paying for it and neither should we.
Even some employers who kick in for health insurance premiums are beginning to enforce their right to know the purpose for a birth control pill. Since they are the ones paying for it, than they have the right to ask.
I do now that it has become customary for a pregnant woman to see her doctor at least once a month, and have a number of tests done along the way, but I fail to understand why so much. 50 years ago women went once, were told they had a bun in the oven and didn’t see the doctor again until the bun was fully baked. And people still turned out fine. I fail to understand all of this medical intervention for such a natural process.
Let’s put aside the sheer number of visits for a second and talk about some of the testing that is done. Especially the ultrasound of the baby. How necessary is this? It is my humble opinion that unless it is medically necessary, there is no need for a sonogram.
The average price for a simple, 2D sonogram for a pregnancy is at around $300. That is a lot of money being flushed just so a couple can now the gender of the baby beforehand. And it is not as if the test should be that expensive. Everything is already there. The largest contributing factor to the high cost of an ultrasound comes from how much an ultrasound technician is being paid.
Compared with other medical professionals with similar education expectations as an ultrasound technician, they are among the top paid in the industry. Ultrasound school is not that costly, but yet the graduates are able to charge a large amount of money for each scan. Why? Because there is a large number of pregnant women who would love to have a first glimpse of her baby. It has become the norm now in prenatal care, rather than the exception for when the doctor thinks something is wrong.
American people need to start examining these things closely to see exactly what it is that their tax dollars are paying for. While you may think Obama Care is the answer to everything, think again. We are paying way to much out of our pockets for pills and procedures that are of a personal choice.