MIFUMI observed that in most rural communities where the organisation’s services are established, women have disproportionately lower access to health services compared to men. In order to place a significant dent into the prevalence of domestic violence, an approach across multiple levels and sectors of society is necessary, and that includes health access.
Challenges to Accessing Care
Obtaining proper treatment for chronic diseases and other health issues becomes difficult when people lack health insurance. Approximately 19 million women between the ages of 18 and 64 currently are uninsured. A 2008 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 56 percent of uninsured women did not receive needed care due to cost, while only 13 percent of women with health insurance cited cost as a barrier to receiving the care that they needed. Kaiser also concludes that women without insurance coverage often receive a lower standard of care and have poorer health than those who have insurance.
Opportunities to Improve Access to Care and Effective Treatment
To address the disparities in insurance coverage for women, states have taken a variety of actions to improve accessibility, including expanding Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and prohibiting insurance policies that discriminate against women. The ACA has provided new opportunities to build on or expand existing strategies. Many of these opportunities are summarized below.