“The bottom line is, we don't do as good of a job taking care of women as we do men.”
Keep reading if you want to change that.
The statement comes from Dr. Martha Gulati, head of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She goes on, “There is inherent bias that makes us undervalue women's symptoms. ...By the time we make a diagnosis, they are living with the consequences of the lack of care.” Marie Claire’s investigation into sexism in medicine revealed startling facts:
- Black women are twice as likely to have strokes and are much less likely to survive them than white women.
Hispanic women are more likely than white women to develop diabetes.
Research suggests that women metabolize drugs differently from men and thus may require distinct doses, yet dosages are rarely broken down by sex.
Until recently, research was overwhelmingly conducted exclusively on male cells, male mice, and men, and what doctors know about preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease continues to be pulled from such studies
Maybe you haven’t noticed that it’s happened to you. Or maybe these facts are not so startling to you if you’ve had the eye-opening experience of a thoughtful female doctor after being too easily dismissed by a male doctor for years.
As Congress debates, health care is on the minds of a lot of people (we all saw this photo). Planned Parenthood is under attack. Millions are at risk of losing health care, not to mention access to birth control.
Still confused about what’s going on in Congress? Contributor Maddie McKeague has the SheHasDrive Guide to Healthcare in 2017.
But there is a great deal of hope for changing the status quo. Just a glance at this list of honorees - actually, heroines - at the World Health Assembly speaks to the depth and breadth of expertise and passion demonstrated by women in global health.
And if you’re considering entering the medical profession, don’t miss new contributor Stephanie Liou’s Letter to a Female Premed. Because whether we’re patients or medical professionals, it’s clear we have to be there for each other to listen, take action and make change.