The health care industry is facing an avalanche of backlash over the recent release of a scathing study that found women’s healthcare costs were three times higher than men’s, a report said Wednesday.
The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation said that the number of women who are uninsured and have pre-existing conditions was growing in the U.S. and that the gap between the two sexes is widening.
While the report found that women had the lowest healthcare costs in the country, it did not mention the $400 billion gap in health spending between the genders.
It did, however, note that the cost gap between women and men had grown over the last decade and was increasing.
The study’s authors, including Dr. Katherine Thompson and Dr. Karen Reeder, said that a number of factors contributed to the gap, including higher costs for prescription drugs and procedures and for medical supplies, equipment and supplies, as well as medical costs associated with chronic illnesses.
It was a major shift from the past, when women were more likely to be in the workforce and the population was growing, said Thompson, the report’s lead author.
In a statement, the American Medical Association said the study’s conclusions were unfounded and that it is wrong to compare health costs between genders.
“The fact that we see this widening gap in healthcare costs for women and males does not mean women are paying more than men for health care,” the AMA said.
The AMA has urged the administration to do more to help women in the health care sector.
The group has also called for the expansion of health insurance options to include women and families, and for policies that help pay for care for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and depression.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers Medicare, said in a statement that it supports the goal of expanding coverage to include all women, including those who are pregnant and who have pre-, peri- and postpartum conditions.
It also said that while it would not make health care more affordable for women, it would allow women to get more care.
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