OB-GYN’s plan to end the cost of prenatal care could save thousands of lives in the US, according to a new study by the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists.
The survey of 2,400 OB-gynecologists found that if the cost for services increased to $2,300 a day, by 2020 that would be a saving of about $4 billion for the nation.
The number of OB-gyn visits would drop by more than 60 percent and deaths from complications could drop by 70 percent, the report said.
In 2020, more than 5 million women would need to have an abortion for the cost to drop from $1.3 billion in 2020 to $1 billion in 2025, according the survey by the ACOG.
The study, which examined OB-care costs in three regions of the country, found that in 2016, OB-medics performed about 10.2 million services in the United States, including 3.4 million abortions and other medically unnecessary procedures.
OB-services are billed at $5.50 a procedure, the researchers said.
“The cost of OB services has increased substantially over the last decade, with OB-tech and OB-counseling expenses increasing nearly 25 percent over that time period, and OB services in general increased at an annual rate of nearly 15 percent during that same time period,” the study said.
OB care, which is performed by OB-doctors who have not completed a residency program, is expected to cost $2.2 billion this year, according ACOG, and the costs of other health care will continue to grow, with costs increasing by almost 40 percent in the next decade.
The cost of obstetrician visits has jumped from $5,300 in the late 1990s to $10,000 in 2017, according a 2017 study by ACOG and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
OB services have grown from just $500 in 2007 to $12.6 billion in 2019, according another study.
Obstetric care is the leading cause of maternal and child mortality for American women, according an ACOG report.
“Obstetric care has increased dramatically in the past 30 years, but our data suggest that this trend will accelerate as OB services continue to increase,” the report found.
ACOG said that in the U.S. today, women make up only 11 percent of OB care and that the population is growing, which will lead to more women needing to go to OB.