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The Economics of Reproduction-Related Health Care

Victor R. Fuchs, Leslie Perreault

NBER Working Paper No. 1688
Issued in August 1985
NBER Program(s):   HE

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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w1688

Published: 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.

 
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