ANN ARBOR, Mich.--A great majority of pregnant women want ultrasounds---so much so, that many are willing to pay out of pocket for it if their insurance company won't cover the procedure. That was one of the findings of a new study, conducted at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The results were presented Dec. 1 at the 83rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
Researchers found that 95 percent of the women surveyed thought it was important to have an ultrasound. "Pregnancy is a very emotional, psychologically stressful state and there's a great deal of peace of mind to be gotten from seeing a baby that is moving, where you can see its fingers and toes and limbs," says Ella Kazerooni, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the U-M Medical Center.
The research team surveyed 318 pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 44 who were at U-M for their first obstetrical visit. Among the other findings in the study:
- 83 percent of the women said they would worry less if a routine ultrasound was normal.
- 68 percent believed that an ultrasound posed no health risks.
- 66 percent disagreed that an ultrasound should only be performed if there is a reason to believe something is medically wrong.
- 42 percent of all patients were willing to pay at least $200 for a routine ultrasound exam---and willingness to pay showed no correlation to income level.
- 59 percent felt it was very important to see the baby.
- Factors that were not important included the opinions of family and friends as well as the cost of an ultrasound.
- The greatest influence for seeking an ultrasound was the patient's doctor or nurse, despite the fact that many had never before seen their health care provider.
Kazerooni says the survey results are interesting, coming in the wake of 1993 study of Page: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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