Toward a Women's Health Policy: Exploring Gender Issues in U.S. Health Care

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Carol Weisman
Women's Health
Dr. Weisman critically examines contemporary issues in women's health care in the U.S., enabling policymakers and providers to improve services within the context of health care reform. She examines and reformulates conceptions of equity and appropriateness regarding women's health care; considers the evidence for gender inequities that place women at a disadvantage in the health care system (financial and non-financial access, utilization patterns, treatment outcomes); and examines the evidence that women do not receive appropriate health care (definitions of primary care, recommended guidelines, satisfaction). She specifies the implications for health services research, design and management of health services, and formulation of a comprehensive women's health policy within the context of health care reform. Previous research and data are critically reviewed and synthesized, while selected new analyses are applied to formulate policy-relevant recommendations.