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The Economics of Reproduction-Related Health Care

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  • Victor R. Fuchs
  • Leslie Perreault

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This paper presents the first systematic estimates of the direct money costs of reproduction-related health services. In 1982 Americans spent approximately $17.7 billion for contraception, abortion, treatment of infertility, obstetrical care, and infant care. This represented 5.5 percent of total health care spending and was equal to $327 per woman of reproductive age (15?44). Obstetrical care accounted for almost half of the reproduction-related expenditures and infant care accounted for morethan one-third. The paper discusses the demographic, technologic, economic,and sociopolitical factors that determine these expenditures. It also considers related public policy issues regarding legal status, sources of funding, and allocation of resources.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1688.

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Date of creation: Aug 1985
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Publication status: published as Fuchs Victor and Leslie Perreault. "Expenditures for Reproduction-Related Health Care," Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 255, No. 1,(Jan. 3, 1986), pp. 76-81.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1688

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  1. Michael Grossman & Steven Jacobowitz, 1981. "Variations in Infant Mortality Rates among Counties in the United States: The Roles of Social Policies and Programs," NBER Working Papers 0615, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Michael Grossman & Steven Jacobowitz, 1981. "Variations in infant mortality rates among counties of the United States: The roles of public policies and programs," Demography, Springer, vol. 18(4), pages 695-713, November.
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