AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

News for Women Physicians

Women face higher health care costs, uninsured rates: report

Women face higher health care costs, uninsured rates: report

A new issue brief published by the Commonwealth Fund reports a 30 percent increase in the number of uninsured women in the United States during the past decade. The brief estimates that in 2010, 18.7 million American women between ages 19 and 64—about 20 percent of women in the country—were uninsured. This is up from 12.8 million, or 15 percent of women, who were uninsured in 2000.

According to the report, an additional 16.7 million women were reportedly underinsured in 2010. Moreover, when compared to women in 10 other countries, women in the U.S. have more difficulties paying medical bills and are more likely to go without needed medical care.

Governing Council Chair recaps recent AMA-WPC events

A message from AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) Governing Council Chair Claudia Reardon, MD, highlights the group's recent activity during this year's Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. In her post-meeting recap, Dr. Reardon describes the AMA-WPC's policy work along with its popular caucus/reception and educational session event entitled "Negotiation and the Gender Divide: The Power to Get What you Really Want."

Dr. Reardon also encourages AMA-WPC members to participate in the group's next caucus and reception, scheduled for Nov. 10 in Honolulu in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates. Email the AMA-WPC for more information.