Cost of Birth Control
I'm pretty sure I've found the winning campaign issue for the upcoming presidential election. Here are the key points of the study I was reading at the time I had the idea.
Over 5 years, the most cost-effective methods of birth control were:
--the copper-T IUD (intrauterine device): saving $14,122
--vasectomy (sterilization for men): saving $13,899
--Norplant (LNG implant): saving $13,813 (no longer available in the U.S.)
--Depo-Provera (injection/shot): saving $13,373
Barrier methods, spermicides, withdrawal, and periodic abstinence were the least cost-effective, but still saved from $8933 to $12,239.
Birth control pills fell between these groups, saving $12,879.
Study conclusion: Using birth control reduces health care expenditures by preventing unintended pregnancies.
My winning campaign issue idea: Just stop having sex altogether and you SAVE A LOT!
Labels: Birth Control