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  •  And Contraception (free or not) Actually (13+ / 0-)

    Saves the insurance companies money in the longer term.

    Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

    by TerryDarc on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 10:59:45 AM PST

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    •  The same with some other preventive care. (10+ / 0-)

      Seven years ago (I've retired since), my insurance company provided colonoscopies with no co-pay for anyone over 50. The company rep said it was provided to save money, and it was a benefits that no one was likely to abuse.

    •  yeah, and it's a savings that happens pretty (3+ / 0-)
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      quickly, unlike some other preventive care screenings, etc. which pay off only after years and years.
      Women of childbearing age will be more likely to get contraceptives without co-pays and will be less likely to get pregnant and need expensive care.
      Anyone who's ever looked at medical costs knows that one of the highest costs is in the first year of life, particularly for those infants born premature or with serious problems. Every pregnancy like that prevented saves enormous amounts of money (last time I looked, it was an average of $40,000 or more for labor/delivery and subsequent hospitalization for a premature infant, but that was a while ago -- it's probably far higher by now).
      And there's fairly good evidence (don't have the cite but as a researcher in this area I read the article several years ago) that increasing length of time after a miscarriage or other adverse birth outcome before getting pregnant, reduces the likelihood of repeated adverse birth outcomes.
      So birth control is good for women, good for babies, and really good for the bottom line of the insurance companies.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 11:38:16 AM PST

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