By Evan Sweeney @ Fierce Healthcare 

Women that travel long distances for an abortion are twice as likely to end up in the emergency room for follow-up care compared with those who were much closer to their provider at a higher cost to Medicaid. Researchers say those costs could be mitigated by improving access to telemedicine services.

Researchers with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, reviewed claims data from California’s Medicaid program, which covered nearly 40,000 abortions between 2011 and 2012. The results, published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, indicated that women who traveled 100 or more miles to have an abortion were much more likely to go to the ER for follow-up care compared with those that traveled less than 25 miles to their abortion provider.

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