Despite all of the crises San Diego County is faced with, it is heartwarming to know that the effort to reduce the serious no-care delivery rate (11%) for pregnant women remains a high priority.
Led by Supervisors Brian Bilbray and Leon Williams, the county staff has developed a working relationship between community agencies and physicians to provide services to women who otherwise could not obtain prenatal care.
The county staff has reduced the Medi-Cal eligibility determination process from a normal six weeks to two days, started a billing service for physicians who are tired of attempting to negotiate the Medi-Cal billing process, is actively assisting in linking patients to physicians with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and is locating pregnant women with substance-abuse problems and helping them overcome their dependencies.
All of these activities produce healthy babies. Healthy babies have a chance in life that is so often denied to premature or chemically dependent babies who will require remedial or special education as they grow.