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Health Services Utilization

Availability of and access to quality health care services directly affects all aspects of women’s health. Access to health care is critical to prevent the onset of disease, as well as to identify health issues early and prevent disease progression. Although health care is important for all women, it may be particularly important among women who have poor health status, chronic conditions, or disabilities. Appropriate utilization can be hampered by limited financial resources and lack of health insurance or comprehensive insurance, as well as language, transportation, and other barriers.

This section presents data on women’s use of health services, including data on women’s health insurance coverage, usual source of care, health care expenditures, and use of various services, such as preventive care, HIV testing, hospitalization and home health care, and mental health services. Two new additions to this section address oral health care utilization and barriers to health care.



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43.7% of women aged 50–64 years reported receiving a flu vaccine uring the 2008–2009 flu season.

32.4% of uninsured women did not get needed care because
it was too costly
compared to less
than 10%
of
insured women.