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Deborah R. McFarlane & Rongal D. Nikora

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 20: Women's Issues and American Health Care Policy (1960s–Present)

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Women's Issues and American Health Care Policy (1960s–Present)
Women's issues and American Health Care Policy (1960s–present)
Deborah R.McFarlane and Rongal D.Nikora

At first glance, American women may appear to be advantaged relative to American men regarding their health. American women live five years longer than their male counterparts.1Table 20.1 shows that women visit their doctors more frequently than American men do. Women also practice more preventive health measures, including being less likely than men to smoke or engage in many other risky behaviors.

TABLE 20.1 Life Expectancy, Doctor Visits, Smoking, by Gender

These trends persist across racial lines. Table 20.2 shows that while white women live an average of almost two and a half years longer than white men, African American women live more than six years longer than ...

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