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Is There a Common Ground? Affiliations Between Catholic and Non-Catholic Health Care Providers and the Availability of Reproductive Health Services

A report by Carol S. Weisman, Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of Michigan examines affiliations between Catholic and non-Catholic health care providers and their impact on the availability of reproductive health services in communities. The number and types of formal affiliations (including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, and long-term lease agreements) involving Catholic health care organizations between 1990 and 1996 are described, and a comparative case studies illustrate the affiliation process and its outcomes. This report was discussed at a briefing held for journalists on November 4, 1997 in New York City as part of a joint program by The Alan Guttmacher Institute, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Press Foundation.

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