Enabling access

Topic: Enabling access to quality health care for women in Texas

Access to women’s preventive healthcare, including meeting the growing needs among low-income women across Texas, has long been debated at multiple forums. These debates have led to the emergence of several advocacy groups where activists strive to ensure that health care policies coming into place benefit the health of Texas’ women and families. However, the ever-changing state laws, funding, quality provider network, and the issues in implementing health reforms as prescribed by the Affordable Care Act, continue to challenge these efforts.

Challenges in accessing health care for women

Almost 13% of women who have health insurance believe that cost is a crucial barrier to accessing the kind of health care they need. It goes without saying that those without the privilege of insurance suffer more. On top of that, women face unique health care challenges that often require discretion and trust, especially when it comes to maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, breast cancer awareness and more.

To address women’s reproductive health care needs, continuity of care is critical. A range of health care demands needs to be identified and addressed accordingly and timely, including ectopic pregnancies, sterilization, miscarriage, contraceptive methods, and pregnancy termination. This means that a strong network of health care providers needs to be accessible to ensure that women are better able to prepare for possible reproductive health care complications.

Family planning often works as the first point of entry to the health care system. Families and individuals can plan and space pregnancies. This also includes services such as pelvic and breast examinations, tests and screening for cervical and breast cancer, prevention for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy counseling, and diagnosis.

From 2006 to 2010, 43 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 years had received family planning or related services in the past year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that almost 50% of pregnancies in the U.S . are intended. Family planning services help reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and ensure children being born come into families that are prepared to care for them.

What Family Medicine Austin offers

Finding a medical practice that offers a full spectrum of care for every stage of life can be challenging. Family Medicine Austin provides comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, and disease management care for individuals and families throughout the Austin, Texas area. With an expert medical team led by board-certified family medicine physician Dr. Lamia Kadir, the practice offers compassionate, quality health care for all patients. The clinic offers a range of women’s health services that include menopause, UTI, Pap smear, family planning and more.

Topic Discussed: Enabling access to quality health care for women in Texas

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