Among women ages 18 to 64, 24% of those surveyed reported forgoing medical care during the past year because of costs, compared with 16% of men, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Princeton Survey Research Associates. In a survey involving 4,000 women, researchers emphasized interviewing African-American, Hispanic, low-income and uninsured women, and the researchers called the 24% a “significant minority.” A smaller survey of 700 men was conducted for comparison. Among the study’s findings: 21% of women said they didn’t fill a prescription because of its cost, compared with 13% of men. Women also were more likely to suffer an ongoing health condition than men (32% vs. 26%), more likely to use prescription drugs regularly (50% vs. 31%) and more likely to switch providers during the past five years because of “dissatisfaction with care” (18% vs. 9%.)
Women more likely than men to forgo care: study
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