R Sheet on Birth Control Access in North Carolina

Key Points

North Carolina suffers a primary care shortage virtually across the state.
Intended pregnancies in North Carolina only make up 56 percent of all pregnancies, which is likely in part due to this primary care shortage and the ability to obtain prescriptions for effective contraception
Taxpayers spent $858 million on the medical costs associated with unintended pregnancies in North Carolina in 2010.
The pharmacy access model to contraception means alleviated primary care shortages, as well as fewer unintended pregnancies.
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