Health and medical services should meet individuals’ needs regardless of gender, but in both subtle and overt ways this is very often not the case. Gender biases result not only in flawed access to care but also in insufficient medical research, uninformed diagnoses, and gaps in covering critical needs.
In Health Care and Gender, Charlotte Muller provides a contemporary assessment of the forces that sustain gender biases in the health and medical professions. Beginning with an analysis of gender comparisons in health care usage and adequacy of treatment, Muller discusses the experiences of many different women: working women with insurance coverage, the poor dependent on Medicaid, and the elderly. She also focuses on the issues facing women of reproductive age and shows how poverty or extremely volatile political and ethical controversy may impede their search for basic maternity and family planning services.
Drawing on a large body of evidence from medical, health, and behavioral literature and from national statistics, Health Care and Gender probes a timely and crucial topic. For scholars, analysts, and policy makers interested in women’s studies, health and medical care, gerontology, consumer and labor economics, and social justice. Muller’s thorough analysis looks to the future by presenting agendas for reform, research, and evaluation.
CHARLOTTE F. MULLER is director of the Divisions of Health Economics, Department of Community Medicine, and the professor in the Ritter Department of Geriatrics and Adult Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.