A new study by HHS's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has concluded that in healthcare, the gender gap is still alive and well. While women's care has improved to the point of being essentially equal in some areas, notably heart attack care and access to primary care, women lag significantly in others. For example, women were 47 percent more likely to be hospitalized for high blood pressure. Also, women were slightly less likely to get recommended colorectal cancer screenings. Along the way, the study also found that women from various minority groups are treated differently. For example, only 71 percent of Native American women got prenatal care in the first three months of pregnancy, as opposed to 86 percent of Caucasian women.
To find out more about the study:
- read this United Press International article