Expensive US Health Care Isn’t Adequate for Women, Study Finds

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen

The US had higher maternal mortality rates and more women with chronic health issues.

Despite paying more for health care, American women are less healthy, more likely to die in pregnancy, and have higher rates of emotional distress than women in other wealthy countries, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund says.

The new study, released on Wednesday, shows how far behind other wealthy nations the United States is when it comes to health care. Researchers compared health data for women in 11 wealthy, developed countries — the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The study found that despite higher health care costs, women in the US have worse health outcomes than women in the other 10 countries examined.

The study intended to measure the impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on women’s health, according to Sara Collins, vice president for health care coverage and access at the Commonwealth Fund, who helped create the report.

“We wanted to take an assessment of where women are on healthcare and, particularly, insurance coverage. Women are indisputably in a better place than they were in 2009,” Collins told NBC News.

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