Doctors’ Orders – Better Access to Health Care Needed for All Women
It is no secret…women are the primary health care decision makers. Many have become accustom to visiting physicians, such as gynecologists, for a majority of their lives. They care for themselves and often their children, spouse and parents. In a recent report published in the Annuals of Internal Medicine, members of the American College of Physicians state that providing women more access to health care, including research, would greatly benefit them and others. The reporting physicians state that there a number of flaws in health policies that create barriers for women in accessing health care. Fixing these barriers would not only lead to better health for women, but also for their families.
Throughout their report, the American College of Physicians makes a push for more public and private health insurance that includes coverage for various care women need throughout their life. Adding more women to clinical trials will provide better information on their health care needs and provide evidence on better forms of care and treatment. In addition, It is also suggested that internal medicine physicians should receive additional training in health issues that are specific to the female population.
“As the primary health care decision maker, women have the power to positively influence care decisions for all, not just themselves,” said Good Samaritan Chair of Gynecologic Oncology and Catholic Health Services Chair of Women’s Services Pankaj Singhal, MD. “By focusing on women’s health, providing opportunities for preventive health through education and screenings and opportunities for research and trials, we can lift the barriers and grant women access to more programs and services.”
Good Samaritan continues to be a leader in Women’s Services in Suffolk County. Programs include its award-winning Breast Health Center, Women’s Imaging Center, Center for Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternity, Gianna Center, Rehabilitation and more. The Medical Center offers minimally invasive and robotic surgery options when necessary and provides an unmatched level of care, comfort and compassion due to its faith-based foundation.
For more information on any of Good Samaritan’s Women’s Services, call (631) 376-4444.