Texas Women

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7.08.2005

Skipping Health

According to a recent Kaiser survey, 25% of women have skipped doctor visits or not bought prescribed medicine because they couldn't afford it. Over 67% had not talked to their doctors about their sexual history, STDs, and HIV/AIDS with 45% not talking to their doctors about diet, exercise, or nutrition. (Check out the full article here.) That makes me wonder, what are they talking about?

The answer: MONEY. The most frequent conversation women have with their doctors is about paying for care. Health care costs are so out of control in this country. And if women skip doctor visits or don't buy necessary medication when they know they need it, what does that say about preventative care and the probability of catching a disease before it becomes life threatening?

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