Cost analysis of immediate postabortal IUD insertion compared to planned IUD insertion at the time of abortion follow up

Jennifer Salcedo, Andrea Sorensen, Maria I. Rodriguez

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Abstract

Background Immediate postabortal intrauterine device (IUD) insertion decreases rates of repeat abortions. However, only one third of high-volume, non-hospital abortion providers in the United States offer immediate postabortal IUD placement. Study Design We conducted a cost analysis from a public payer perspective to evaluate the potential cost savings associated with a policy of immediate postabortal IUD insertion, compared to planned IUD insertion at the time of abortion follow up. Sensitivity analyses and Monte Carlo simulation were performed. Results Considering only direct costs of contraception and pregnancy-related care over 1 year, immediate postabortal IUD provision decreases public program expenditures by US$111 per woman compared to planned IUD placement at follow up. Over 5 years, the savings increases to $4296 per woman, when public health and social program costs are also considered. Conclusion Immediate postabortal IUD insertion is cost saving from a public payer perspective, compared to planned insertion at the time of follow up. These savings are seen over a wide range of model inputs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalContraception
Volume87
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • Cost analysis
  • IUD
  • Medicaid
  • Postabortal contraception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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