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Women Choose a Hospital Based on Reputation, Quality of Care, Study Finds

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A University of California San Francisco/University of Chicago study of reproductive-aged women ranging from 18-45 years old found that, for the vast majority of women, a hospital’s reputation or the quality of care was among the top reasons for their choice and one third cited it as the most important reason. Although one in six patients receive care at Catholic-run hospitals only 13.6% of women consider religious affiliation when choosing a hospital and only 0.8% listed it as the most important factor. Only 3.3% chose a hospital specifically because it is Catholic-run and 6% chose hospitals specifically because they were not Catholic-run.

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