Post#8 Health Care Reform :A Woman’s Issue by Dr. Catherine DeLorey
April 26, 2012 § 5 Comments
I really enjoyed reading Dr. Catherine DeLorey’s article linking gender and health care reform. Dr. DeLorey addressed the issues that women face on every level: biologically, socially and economically. Biologically, women are more susceptible to certain cancers and diseases. Economically, higher paying jobs with better health benefit packages go to men. And socially, health care is rather costly. Women that receive health care from their husbands have not necessarily found a permanent solution. It also bothers me that women with a lesbian partner would not be recognized legally, in terms of spousal health care.
The key to many diseases and health problems is preventative care. Planned Parenthood is a great organizes in this process. Women that receive cancer screenings such as mammograms and pap smears have a better chance of survival. Contraceptives such as birth control and condoms help prevent pregnancy. It really angers me to know that political organizations want to control and cut this source of care.
Dr. DeLorey also touched upon health disparities that occur for women of color. I found this really neat website that explores this idea in depth: http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/7886.cfm. The title is Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level. The website allows you to read documents and reports comparing health disparities between white women and women of color. Health issues include diabetes, heart disease, Aids and cancer.