Issue Brief: Too Many Women Are Going Without the Health Care They Need

Posted October 6, 2008 by Amanda

Despite the general misconception that “women’s health” is solely synonymous with “reproductive health,” gender differences in health care are not limited to physical anatomy. In fact, while both women and men report their health status as “fair” or “poor” at similar rates, women are significantly more likely than men to report that they have a chronic condition that requires ongoing medical care, reported reliance on a prescription drug. Women are also more vulnerable to systemic changes and large numbers of women remain un- or under-insured.