Women in the US lag in access to health care and health status

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  • Women in the United States have long lagged behind their counterparts in other high-income countries in terms of access to health care and health status.
  • U.S. women report the least positive experiences among the 11 countries studied. They have the greatest burden of chronic illness, highest rates of skipping needed health care because of cost, difficulty affording their health care, and are least satisfied with their care.
  • More than one-third of women in the U.S. report skipping needed medical care because of costs, a far higher rate than the other countries included in the study.
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