Women go without care
* 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 in the same age group, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Princeton Survey Research Associates. In a recent 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: Women 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%).
Minority access limited
* Among the uninsured, Latinos and African-Americans have a harder time getting care than whites, and a key factor in the difference is income level, said the Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington. In a national survey last month of about 33,000 families, about 31% of Latinos and 36% of African-Americans without health insurance said they had a regular provider in 2001, compared with 51% of uninsured whites.
Study tracks children's care
* Medical care for children varies with their insurance and ethnicity, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently said, based on a survey of parents. Some 36% of parents with uninsured or publicly insured children report that their children had a problem receiving necessary care during a doctor's office or clinic visit, compared with 7.9% of parents of privately insured children. The AHRQ will include the information in its National Quality Report due out next year.