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

Cynthia H. Chuang, Melissa E. Martenis, Sara M. Parisi, Rachel E. Delano, Mindy Sobota, Melissa Nothnagle, Eleanor Bimla Schwarz

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalContraception
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Contraception
  • Health care reform
  • Primary care providers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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    Chuang, C. H., Martenis, M. E., Parisi, S. M., Delano, R. E., Sobota, M., Nothnagle, M., & Schwarz, E. B. (2012). Contraception and abortion coverage: What do primary care physicians think? Contraception, 86(2), 153-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2011.11.069