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Women's Health Policy in the United States: An American College of Physicians Position Paper

Annals of Internal Medicine
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Women's Health Policy in the United States: An American College of Physicians Position Paper

The American woman's health in review

In this American College of Physicians (ACP) position paper , you'll learn about:

  • Challenges faced by women in the healthcare system

" Major issue areas for women include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and mental or behavioral health. Compared with men, women are more likely to die within a year of a heart attack (10), more likely to delay going to the emergency department with cardiac symptoms, and less likely to receive aggressive prescription regimens (11) "

  • Public policies that impact women's health

" The United States is the only developed nation and 1 of 2 countries out of 185 surveyed by the International Labour Organization that does not offer some degree of paid maternity leave; it is 1 of only 4 high-wealth countries without paid paternity or parental leave (49)."

  • ACP recommendation on policy changes to improve outcomes

"Ensuring access to care that accounts for the unique health needs of women, ensuring affordable and nondiscriminatory health care coverage, improving awareness of issues particularly affecting women, and ensuring that women's health care decisions are respected are all steps on the path to improving women's health in the United States. Addressing these issues will advance the goal of achieving health equity among all citizens and will improve health care outcomes for women of future generations. "


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