Steve Calvin M.D. on pregnancy care, health care reform, and innovation

Knowing the true cost of pregnancy care changes everything.

The “confusopoly” of pregnancy care continues because the true cost of care is well hidden.  Andy Grove, previously CEO of Intel, addresses this in a great article in Wired Magazine (http://www.wired.com/business/2012/10/mf-health-care-transparency/).   He says that the health care industry, ” plays a gigantic game of Blind Man’s Bluff, keeping patients in the dark while asking them to make life-and-death decisions”.  Here in Minnesota we are working with an insurer and other providers to design a pilot project to take the blindfold off.  We aren’t the only ones.  I was also recently contacted by an innovative midwife from Boston who is doing the same thing there.  More details to come.