Essay On Gender Disparity In Health Care

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In 2005, WHO Member States adopted a resolution to encourage all countries for achieving and/or maintaining universal health coverage without the risk of severe financial consequences. Access to health care is one of the major components of universal health care. Access is complex and multidimensional concept. Gender influence on access and use of health care is one of the key determinants to achieve universal health coverage in India. Men and women both have their health problems. However, it is important to determine whether they get opportunity to solve those health problems. This research aims at studying the gender disparity in accessing healthcare in India.

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(Oliver A and Mossialos E, 2004) . Access can be measured In terms of utilisation of services or in relation to the ‘need...’(Donabedian A, 1973) . Access to health care is frequently used as misnomer for mere utilisation of health care services, although as explained above access is an opportunity provided to use the health care services. However, keeping in mind the complex relationship of ‘access’ and ‘use’ of health care as described above, I have considered use of health care as a way of assessing extent of access to health…show more content…
However, after detailed analysis of children for whom treatment was sought showed a significantly higher proportion of girls (18.8%), compared to 6.7% for boys who were taken for treatment to a paramedical worker (auxiliary nurse-midwife or multipurpose health worker). On the other hand, a significantly higher proportion of boys (88.9%), compared to 76.5% for girls were treated by a registered private practitioner. This difference persisted even after adjusting for severity of the illness. Families spent more money on the treatment of their sons than

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