Women are often the “chief medical officers” of their families, taking care of their children and elderly loved ones, making decisions regarding their children’s doctors and ensuring their family members receive the proper care.

Yet despite leading the charge for their family’s well-being, women experience unique obstacles when it comes to accessing equitable, high-quality and convenient health care. And there is no ‘“one size fits all” approach to women’s health care, especially since their health challenges are often unrecognized or underappreciated.

Recent data from CVS Health’s 2022 Health Care Insights Study provides insight into the current state of women’s holistic health, helping to shed light on some of the barriers tied to different economic and social realities – and how we can alleviate them.

Women Struggle With Prioritizing Their Health

This year’s survey indicates that women often do not put their own health goals or health needs first. Only 21% of women said their health goals were nearly completed or that they’d made significant progress toward them, compared with 38% of men who said the same. In addition, 38% of women respondents said they had postponed or canceled their own annual check-ups, procedures or preventive screenings in the past year, and 18% said that a health issue worsened or they had become more ill from a sickness because they delayed seeking care.

Due to a range of economic and social barriers, it is often more difficult for women to prioritize and achieve their health goals. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that about 80% of single-parent families with children under 18 are led by mothers, of whom about 2 out of 3 are women of color. In addition, 3 in 5 caregivers are women, and women are more likely to be the primary caregiver. These constraints and responsibilities can limit women’s ability to seek their own high-quality and timely health care.

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