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Defunding Women's Health Clinics Exacerbates Hispanic Disparity in Preventive Care

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Kansas;)

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To prevent abortions, many states have cut funding for women’s health, reducing access, including to preventive care. Merging BRFSS data with clinic locations from a network of women’s health clinics, this paper estimates the relative impact of an increase in the driving distance to the nearest clinic on preventive care. For Hispanics women, a 100-mile increase decreases the rates of clinical breast exams by 23%, Pap tests by 16% and checkups by 14%. For non-Hispanics, there are no statistically significant results.

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  • David J.G. Slusky, 2017. "Defunding Women's Health Clinics Exacerbates Hispanic Disparity in Preventive Care," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 201701, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2017.
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    Keywords

    Women’s Health; Preventive Care; Ethnicity;

    JEL classification:

    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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