Maternal mortality is widely recognized as an overall indicator of the overall health of the population, the status of women in society and the functioning of the health system. The United States spends much of its resources on health care, but we are at the bottom of developed countries in terms of maternal mortality.
Maternal deaths have increased in the United States over the past few years: 658 deaths in 2018, 754 in 2019, and 861 in 2020 (the last year we have data). The latter rate is equivalent to 23.8 deaths per 100,000 population – disproportionately affecting black women at a rate of 2.5. By comparison, the best performing countries (Norway, Italy, Poland) have only 2 deaths per 100,000 population.
“Women are dying,” said Tessa Kerby, senior manager at ECG Management Consultants. “Differences between different races of women while experiencing maternal health are a really crucial issue.
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Maternal health is just one area where women do not receive the right level of care. Vicki Lucas, president of Vicki Lucas LLC, a women’s health business consultant, explains that women account for more than 60 percent of cardiovascular, cancer and neuropsychiatric cases and about 70 percent of orthopedic cases. However, although she uses more health services than men and spends more on their care, Vicky says that “our results are not better, nor are the services properly tailored to women’s needs. We really need to personalize care so that it is gender and culture specific to women.
Vicky is one of the leading leaders in women’s and children’s health, being on the boards of many major women’s health organizations. Tessa is the leader of the ECG Women’s Health Services line and she is helping executives rethink their women’s health strategies to keep up with market demands and trends. They join me in this episode to talk about why healthcare organizations need to reevaluate the way they care for their patients.
Here are some excerpts.
The changing economy of women’s health.
They are: “We are currently in a renaissance of women’s health, with $ 1.3 billion in funding last year – the largest area of venture capital funding. There are many changes and opportunities that are recognized in women’s healthcare and this is truly unprecedented. So it will be interesting to see how these open opportunities open up and allow real, real change to happen over the next few years. “
Wiki: “Women, and especially younger women, are more empowered consumers. So I believe that this revival will become the new normal and that you will see a long-term change in measurement and accountability. From an economic point of view, it makes sense. Not only is it the right thing to do, and obviously it will improve the health of the nation, but we are also spending a lot of money economically and having bad results, which is unacceptable. “
Maternal health care reform.
They are: “It’s becoming increasingly important for health systems and society to say, ‘This is wrong, and we need to find ways to fix it.’ Women should have the right support before, during and after childbirth. We need to make sure that they have a good experience and, frankly, experience it and that it is the same in all walks of life.
Wiki: “We know that the health of women and children determines the health of a society; it is a measure of public health. And we know that in the United States we are doing very badly as a civilized, advanced nation. And so a lot of light shines on it. “
The need for personalized care.
Wiki: “Why are women five times more likely to have autoimmune diseases? Why are 70% of orthopedic patients women? Because being a woman is a pre-existing condition. It is genetic who and how we are. That’s why I think we need to educate the next generation of suppliers and understand the different risk factors for women. “
They are: “I think it would be useful to borrow from the model we see in behavioral health, where you have behavioral health providers integrated into primary care and vice versa. The primary care provider may say to his or her behavioral health colleague, “I have a situation, how can you help me?” So what we need to advocate for is to have destination centers or to have centers where you do not have OB on its own small island, but actually integrated. So, as far as we can bring joint care in different disciplines, it will help to improve care for women. “
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The United States spends more on health care per capita than any other country on the planet. So why not have better results? Why have the principles of capitalism not prevailed? And why do American consumers have so many problems accessing and paying for health care? Immerse yourself in these and other issues Head / down health care with ECG Director Dr. Nick van Terhaiden and guest panelists as they discuss the pros and cons of healthcare in the United States and how to make the system work for everyone.
This article was originally published on ECG management consultations blog and is republished here with permission.