Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society supports An Act to Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

Massachusetts Medical Society supports An Act to Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

“As the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and as a gynecologist caring for patients in a community health center setting, the reality that pregnancy can still result in preventable deaths of women is a heartbreaking public health issue. The medical society appreciates the critical work being done by the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) and stands in support of An Act to Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Health (H.1949/S.1334).

“Within the medical society, our stance is that health care is a basic human right and the fact that disparities along racial or ethnic lines factor into an increase in mortality is simply not acceptable.

“It is a privilege and the obligation of physicians to deliver high-quality care and medical guidance to all expectant mothers, and it is the responsibility of a civilized society to ensure that every expectant mother has equal access to that care.

“We must - as health care providers, regulators, legislators and concerned stakeholders - continue to study and then act to rectify issues that lead to preventable maternal deaths in all women, especially our patients who are disproportionately at-risk.”

- Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

Full MMS testimony can be read here.

Dr. Bombaugh served on the Joint Commission Task Force, which last month adopted 13 policies (effective July 2020). All accredited hospitals will be required to abide by the new standards in an effort to prevent maternal mortality due to hemorrhage and hypertension.

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