The nearly 300,000 women veterans who receive care through the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department saw their care improve relative to their male counterparts during the past three years, according to two recently released government reports.
In 12 out of 14 measures in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set pertaining to screening and prevention services and chronic-disease management for women, the VA scored higher than it did in 2008, according to one of the reports. The measures, which health insurance plans use to track plans' performance, found improved screening rates among female veterans for depression, PTSD and colorectal cancer.
However, gaps persisted between female and male patients in tests for cholesterol control, diabetes management and flu vaccination.
"Although we are encouraged by the progress we have achieved, we are not going to stop working until all gaps are eliminated," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a news release.