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Lack of access to reproductive care, training by doctors of women-focused medical issues and limited paid leave policies all contribute to a women’s poor health. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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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