45% of women forgo preventive care: 7 notes

A recent poll found 45 percent of women forgo preventive care services such as check-ups, screenings and vaccines.

The poll, conducted by the Alliance for Women's Health and Prevention and Ipsos, surveyed 3,204 women between Nov. 18 and Dec. 8. 

Twenty-five percent of women skipped preventive care due to an inability to afford out-of-pocket costs and 23 percent pointed to limited time to schedule appointments. 

Four other findings:

  1. Only 76 percent of women have received a cervical cancer screening at some point in their life. White women (81 percent) were more likely to have a cervical cancer screening than Black , Asian or Hispanic women (65 percent, 66 percent and 68 percent, respectively).

  2. Women who are insured are more likely to have received a screening than uninsured women (79 percent versus 51 percent).

  3. Medicaid patients were less likely to have received a screening than those with other insurance.

  4. Seventy-two percent of women were likely to get a cervical cancer screening if it was recommended by their provider, but only 34 percent were likely to get it if it was not covered by their insurance.

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