“Women’s Work” Extends Into Health Care
April 25, 2012 § 2 Comments
“Health Care Reform- A Women’s Issue” by Catherine DeLorey raised many issues concerning women and health care. Women see physicians more, use more prescription drugs and the like yet also pay more out of pocket for medical services than men. This can be traced to a fact we discussed early in the semester: women hold more temporary, low wage jobs, i.e. pink collar, earning less money to buy health coverage as well as they do not get insurance from their companies, like many men do. This causes women to remain largely uninsured because they cannot afford it and/or do not have access. It also means many women remain reliant on their spouses, which can be problematic for widows or divorced women. Also, this coverage rarely extends to lesbian couples. Women, who seek medical services the most, cannot afford it. Delorey would most likely be a supporter of Obama’s health care bill that provides everyone will affordable access to health insurance. She calls for “universal access” and “comprehensive health benefits for all women, employed or not” which echoes what Obama care claims to do for American citizens. I agree with Delorey. We need to make women’s health a priority and stop putting the issue out of the center circle. Women make up 52% of the population. This majority should not be ignored.