Health Costs Impact American Women

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In America, 43% of women between the ages of 19 and 64 refrained from going to the doctor or taking medicine due to medical costs, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund. Health costs don’t just impact those without insurance: 32% of women with health insurance avoided treatment due to high costs as well.

These statistics are worrisome, especially since women use health care so much – especially as pregnant women or mothers that visit pediatricians with children in tow. Even when these particular visits are not taken into consideration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that women are still 33% more likely than men to visit a doctor.

Elena Perez obtained a B.A. in American Literature at UCLA, but a growing interest in environmental issues led her to enroll in science classes and gain lab experience at UCSD and SIO. The close link between our ocean’s health and our own well-being has spurred Elena to explore the role environmental toxins play in our growth and development.

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