Preventive care, doctor access improving for women veterans

From Stars and Stripes

by Tom Philpott

For a lot of years, women veterans felt unwelcome in Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals and clinics as if they weren’t real veterans, they complained. Reinforcing that impression was routine referrals to multiple health care providers, in or out of VA, to get comprehensive primary care.

That is changing rapidly, thanks to VA’s commitment to improve women health services, to hire more gynecologists and other female health specialists, and to close a “gender gap” in preventive health services and screenings, says Dr. Patricia Hayes, chief consultant for Women Health Services for Veterans Health Administration.

Hayes and her staff have studies and data to show recent gains.  They range from patient satisfaction surveys to numbers of staff physicians newly trained to provide for female health needs, and to a new report showing a narrowing of gender disparities in preventive health care screening. Read more…http://www.stripes.com/news/us/preventive-care-doctor-access-improving-for-women-veterans-1.191838?localLinksEnabled=false

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