The Economics of Reproduction-Related Health Care

49 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2004 Last revised: 14 Aug 2010

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Victor R. Fuchs

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Leslie Perreault

First Consulting Group; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 1985

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Fuchs, Victor R. and Perreault, Leslie, The Economics of Reproduction-Related Health Care (August 1985). NBER Working Paper No. w1688. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227201

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