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A healthy society depends on healthy women. That’s the message delivered in a new position paper by the American College of Physicians in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
While women live longer than men, they are significantly more likely to suffer from a chronic condition (38 percent vs 30 percent), write authors Hillary Daniel, Shari Erickson and Dr. Sue Bornstein. They are also more likely to have insurance as a dependent, making them more vulnerable to losing coverage as the result of divorce or the death of a spouse. Women are also more likely to delay or forgo preventative care due to cost.
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