A recent SermoSays Physician Poll shows a narrow majority of physicians support the Supreme Court decision to allow closely held corporations an exemption from covering contraception on religious grounds.
The question asked, “Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling that closely held corporations can be exempt from covering the cost of birth control if they are opposed to doing so on religious grounds?”
- 54% said yes, they support the ruling
- 46% said no, they do not support the ruling
More Women Receive Birth Control Coverage
Despite the decision, recent data from IMS Institute show a sharp increase in coverage for women with birth control due to changes from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
In 2012, only 14 percent of women received birth control pills without a copayment. By the end of 2013, that number had surged to 56 percent. The ACA requires most health plans to cover birth control as prevention, at no additional cost to women.
The Institute estimates the savings at about $269 per woman annually. Some have speculated increased access to free or inexpensive birth control would spur an uptick in use. However, their research indicates there has been only a modest increase since the law was enacted, consistent with growth from prior years.
As an M.D. or D.O. what do you think about corporations making decisions for employees about birth control? Have you noticed an increased demand for birth control from your patients? If you’re a physician we’ll be discussing this further inside the community, come join us.