Elaine L. Hill
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Department of Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642
Institutional Affiliation: University of Rochester
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2017||Reproductive Health Care in Catholic-Owned Hospitals|
with David Slusky, Donna Ginther: w23768
Mergers that affiliate a hospital with a Catholic owner, network, or system reduce the set of possible reproductive medical procedures since Catholic hospitals have strict prohibitions on contraception. Using changes in ownership of hospitals, we find that Catholic hospitals reduce the per bed rates of tubal ligations by 31%, whereas there is no significant change in related permitted procedures such as Caesarian sections. However, across a variety of measures, we find minimal overall welfare reductions. Still, fewer tubal ligations increase the risk of unintended pregnancies across the United States, imposing a potentially substantial cost for less reliable contraception on women and their partners.
Published: Elaine L. Hill & David J.G. Slusky & Donna K. Ginther, 2019. "Reproductive Health Care in Catholic-Owned Hospitals," Journal of Health Economics, .