Disparities in healthcare

I interviewed my family physician and the majority of her patients are females, so I thought she would be an appropriate choice for this blog post. Family medicine is comprehensive health care for people of any age or gender. Physicians are able to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, as well as provide preventive care. This hospital offers preventive care measures including physical checkups, immunizations, screening tests, and health assessments. She performs a multitude of services including annual gynecological check ups, physicals, and blood work. She told me that the majority of her female patient population is made up of middle-age women living in the surrounding suburban areas. She admitted that this specific hospital does not encounter many women of low socioeconomic status or even a multitude of ethnicities. She reported that her biggest concern for the population of women she serves is the population of high school females. She said she has had countless high school female patients admit to being sexually active, yet being too scared to tell their parents. Her biggest worry is that these young girls will continue to make unsafe sexual health decisions and hinder their future by doing so. My physician believes the main difference in healthcare needs among diverse women is the financial cost barrier that many women of other populations face. Women who are of low socioeconomic status are more likely to skip their annual physical and gynecological checkup, because of more pressing financial needs they may be faced with.

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