May 13, 2017

Women's Healthcare


One of the most troubling things about this administration, and every other one before it, is that men are the ones making the decisions regarding women's healthcare. Right now, the committee of senators who are working to iron out the details of the bill that will "repeal and replace" Obamacare is ALL MALE. These are the people who are going to make decisions on whether or not women's healthcare services are provided and what exactly constitutes a pre-existing condition, and no women are represented. In the current form of the bill, irregular periods, C-sections, and pregnancy are all considered pre-existing conditions, giving insurance companies more ridiculous reasons to hike up the price of premiums. In addition, treatment for sexual assault is not covered in this bill, which would negatively affect millions of women.


Then, there's Planned Parenthood (PP), which the current administration wants to get rid of. Sure I'm biased, but PP really does great things. PP provides thousands of women each year with access to safe and affordable healthcare, not just abortions. I feel like Republicans overlook all of the benefits of keeping PP around just because they provide those who need them with abortions. However, in places where PP has closed (specifically in parts of Texas), the maternal mortality rate rose and as did the number of unsafe abortions. By getting rid of PP, Republicans would not be preventing abortions and saving lives, they would be doing the exact opposite, and they fail to recognize that. I know so many women who rely on PP for mammograms and testing and I feel so lucky because there are seven PP locations in Chicago. Women need access to safe and affordable healthcare services, and the current administration should not be preventing that.


What are your guys' thoughts on funding for PP and the new healthcare bill (Trumpcare or Ryancare? I really don't know what it's called, I've heard so many names for it...)?

Carolina Ranfagni
May 13, 2017

I congratulate you for writing about an imporant point that is being forgotten by some. Women need access to good healthcare to guard their bodies and the new healthcare bill is not helping with that (that I know of). Very valid and interesting!

Rachna Shah
May 14, 2017

This is so true!! Planned Parenthood is such a wonderful organization. It's not just an abortion clinic, as many people think it is, but also provides information about STDs, health and wellness, birth control, and general relationship care. Defunding it would result in millions of Americans, many of whom are unable to access the health care system as they are predominantly of low-income backgrounds, losing such services. Most of Planned Parenthood's funding comes from Medicaid. Thankfully, in my opinion, a few GOP senators have expressed that they are unwilling to defund PP-and a few is enough to keep the funding the way it is.

May 14, 2017Edited: May 16, 2017

Being true, I think it is being a bit narrow minded approach. Healthcare issues have always been affected by the issues of corruption and negligence.

Rachna Shah
May 14, 2017

How do you believe the health care delivery system and industry has been corrupted? Is this solely in regards to unnecessary costs, or does this extend further?

May 16, 2017Edited: May 16, 2017

Yeah, those 'unnecessary costs' are enough to call it corrupted. We all know about generic medicines and that policy is not implemented fully even in one country. In India, medicine companies are told to keep up minimum profit, even then the healthcare is not affordable for the common people without state subsidy, due to which state healthcare system deals with administrative problems of handling such a large population and compromise on 'quality'. We negotiate for everything but I don't know what happens when it comes to medical costs. The medicines, most of them make profit of about 1000%. If it can be lowered up to half, then also the companies will be in a comfortable position. If Edward Jenner hadn't set the small pox vaccine free, if he also tried to make profit of over 1000 %, small pox would never have been eradicated. Whatever facts, I am laying down, I can provide sources. I am not saying about not having copyright or profit but there should be political advocacy for affordable pricing in medicines and healthcare. Healthcare is one of the basic right and need of any citizen in any part of the world.

Rachna Shah
May 16, 2017

I definitely agree with you on that. I never knew to what terrible extent corruption has plagued and permeated throughout the healthcare system. Healthcare is not a privilege whose access should be controlled by a certain group of elites, in my opinion. One of the best ways to reduce corruption is to rely on evidence-based decision making within the healthcare domain, particularly within the pharmaceutical industry. Conflicts of interest should be made more transparent, as well.

May 17, 2017

Exactly! good to know your opinion. Just hope, if we can contribute regarding this issue in any way possible.

Tallal Ahmad
May 21, 2017

A very important topic indeed and i also agree with Ameya because the same is happening here in Pakistan with health-care system. And this is a very alarming situation for us the public and we must contribute in any way we can for it. Plus in my opinion and i don't know about United States but in developing countries like Pakistan one of the reason for poor health-care systems is that people (especially from low income settings) don not consider health-care a important issue they do not have knowledge about its significance. They don't question the authorities about the poor condition of health-care system because they don't consider it a important topic due to lack of awareness and education. So i think its our moral responsibility the educated members of the society's to give these people awareness about this. Because in my experience most preventable diseases cases are registered from these slum areas in government based health-care systems and these cases could be prevented by educating these people and i think we could only enable them about these issues through social interaction

Bhavana Ravala
May 22, 2017

I think women's healthcare definitely needs to be brought to the front of the discussion. The concept of bodily autonomy for women seems to be extremely new, which I think is definitely a part of the problem. For so long, women have been property, and unable to make their own decisions, including decisions about healthcare. We need to allow more women to be in charge of their own reproductive health and we need to encourage the idea that is perfectly usual for women to be able to make their own decisions about birth control and pregnancy instead of relying on their husbands or family members to make that decision. Many women lack the confidence they need to vocalize their opinions and make it clear what they need, so we need to instill that confidence.

Rachna Shah
May 22, 2017

That is such a good point. Women too often rely on men for many aspects of their well-being, ranging from financial literacy to economic sufficiency to primary health care. We should be empowered rather than denied equal access to basic health services, as well. Cultural bias has often led to the neglect of female illnesses (as well as education, which only exacerbates the problem). Child and/or premature marriage creates a vicious cycle that needs to be stopped at the community level up. Educating women about common diseases, how they get be treated (e.g. immunization, safe water, sanitation), as well as maternal and child health care (includes family planning) can prevent diseases before they cause injuries, and must take cultural norms into consideration.

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