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One for One Prenatal Visits

People going for prenatal visits are to be given the opportunity to donate to supplement the cost of another person's visit that is in need.

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In no more than 3 sentences, please tell us who your idea is designed for and how it reimagines the new life experience.

This allows women from developing cities around the world to have less of a financial barrier to prenatal visits, as their demographic tends to be less likely to access the treatments as easily as rich people in similar situations. In the spirit of giving and sympathizing with others in similar situations, other women or families attending regularly scheduled prenatal visits could donate a small amount in order to offset the costs for other women in need, with according rewards for donations.

This allows women from developing cities around the world to have less of a financial barrier to prenatal visits, as their demographic tends to be less likely to access the treatments as easily as rich people in similar situations. In the spirit of giving and sympathizing with others in similar situations, other women or families attending regularly scheduled prenatal visits could donate a small amount in order to offset the costs for other women in need, with according rewards for donations.

At what stage is your idea?

  • Back of the Napkin Sketch: I came up with this concept and would love support in making it come to life!

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Trying this at Virginia Commonwealth University's hospital, which is local, could be a possible community experiment as there may be parts of Richmond, Virginia which experience similar disparities of income, as well as differences in ability to access treatments and prenatal visits. By communicating the idea and working logistics and rewards system to the hospital and presenting the donation system/network for doctors to implement, the plausibility could be measured by a number of rewards given

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Skills, input, or guidance desired from the OpenIDEO community include logistic concerns, reward incentives that would optimize donations, etc.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a junior pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, though I really like to give back to others and not confine myself to my major. I have no experience in healthcare, but have worked in design teams, entrepreneurship organizations, and many more at my university.

This idea emerged from...

  • An Individual

Are you an expecting, new, or experienced mom?

  • no

Are you a healthcare practitioner?

  • no

Are you a current employee of UCB Pharmaceuticals or Sutter Health?

  • no

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Hi Zaid,
I really like this idea, and I think that if you got enough hospitals and centers on board with this idea, the donations could add up to be substantial! When reading this idea I thought of Goodwill's system of asking you to round up your payment to the nearest dollar. While each donation amounts to less than a dollar, it is a quick way for people to make donations and they do not feel like they are expending a substantial amount of money. Have you considered using a system like this?

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