Women more likely to defer health care for financial reasons

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A University of Otago study which included over 18,000 adults has found women are more likely to put off going to their GP, buying prescriptions or going to the dentist for financial reasons than men.

This is despite the fact that women suffer from more chronic conditions than men, resulting in them going to the doctor more often. “The results of this study are of concern not just because women are not accessing care when they need it, but also because women are frequently responsible for ensuring that children and elders also receive care,” says co-author of the study, Professor Crampton. He says providing free or very low-cost primary health care would help solve these issues. If cost barriers cannot be overcome, many women will remain at risk of receiving less timely health care.

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