Disparities & Access

Many of the health challenges faced by women are a result of insufficient access to basic prevention information, health services and insurance coverage. In the pharmaceutical and health industries, the gender dimensions of diseases and treatments are often overlooked in setting research priorities and developing new products. The availability and quality of health care may vary according to race, income, ability, geographic location or immigration status. In the U.S., finding affordable health insurance is particularly challenging for women, who often pay higher premiums than men. Many insurance companies fail to cover or provide adequate maternity care or essential reproductive health services. Additionally, women experience more part-time and interrupted jobs and careers due to caregiving and family responsibilities and require portable health plans that provide stable coverage.

Sarah Degnan Kambou Named Interim President of ICRW


Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008

This report, published by the Census Bureau in Sept. 2009, quantifies poverty, income, and health insurance coverage in the United States.  Statistics are presented in the context of both gender and race in order to reveal disparities.

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