According to an article in the New York Times, President Obama is singing the praises of Atul Gawande’s “The Cost Conundrum,” which was recently published in The New Yorker magazine. Gawande’s piece investigates the geographic variations in health care cost per person, in particular McAllen, TX—the most expensive place in the US for health care. The piece is certainly impressive, calling attention to the fact that higher spending is often not associated with better health outcomes.
How’s this for a fun fact? When it comes to maternity care and primary care, midwives achieve positive patient outcomes using minimal costly interventions. Want to give us a hand with improving access to midwives? Tell your legislator to support the Midwifery Care Access and Reimbursement Act of 2009 (HR 1101 and S 662).