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Contraception. 2012 Aug;86(2):153-6. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2011.11.069. Epub 2012 Jan 10.

Contraception and abortion coverage: What do primary care physicians think?

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 17033, USA. cchuang@hmc.psu.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Insurance coverage for family planning services has been a highly controversial element of the US health care reform debate. Whether primary care providers (PCPs) support public and private health insurance coverage for family planning services is unknown.

STUDY DESIGN:

PCPs in three states were surveyed regarding their opinions on health plan coverage and tax dollar use for contraception and abortion services.

RESULTS:

Almost all PCPs supported health plan coverage for contraception (96%) and use of tax dollars to cover contraception for low-income women (94%). A smaller majority supported health plan coverage for abortions (61%) and use of tax dollars to cover abortions for low-income women (63%). In adjusted models, support of health plan coverage for abortions was associated with female gender and internal medicine specialty, and support of using tax dollars for abortions for low-income women was associated with older age and internal medicine specialty.

CONCLUSION:

The majority of PCPs support health insurance coverage of contraception and abortion, as well as tax dollar subsidization of contraception and abortion services for low-income women.

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