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Study: More Women Skip Reproductive Services to Save Money

Patranya Bhoolsuwan
Channel 2 News

President Obama says health care reform is one of the top priorities of his administration.  Health experts say women, more than ever, need all the help they can get during these tough economic times.

Patty Elzy of Planned Parenthood says more women are delaying or forgoing annual exams or cancer screenings due to money problems.

She says many of the reproductive services require constant contacts with doctors, but aren't always included in their insurance. "The health care crisis is disproportionately affecting women especially childbearing women who pays 68% more out of pocket than men," said Elzy.

Despite the low cost health care offered at Planned Parenthood, the two clinics in Reno reported a 5% decrease in visits in recent months, in large part due to the tough economy.

Right now Nevada legislators are reviewing bill AB 544 which would decide if the state should cover family planning services in the same way as pre-natal care.

Planned Parenthood said its passage is good for women and all of our pocketbooks. "For every dollar spent on family planning, Nevada taxpayers save $4 in future costs of pregnancy-related care," said Elzy.

Opponents of bill AB 544 testified against the legislation Tuesday in Carson City saying they are concerned the term "family planning" would include abortion. They don't believe any taxpayer money should go towards these services which Planned Parenthood provides.

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