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What are some barriers to receiving top medical care?

Since the U.S. medical system is so expensive, there are many barriers to receiving the best possible care. In addition, the tremendous imbalance of power between the health care consumers and providers creates an institutionalized discrimination for people in less powerful sectors of the population. Making health care decisions can be especially difficult for women who are treated as second-class citizens by medical institutions. This group includes women as a whole, low-income women and uninsured women (who may find that very few choices of providers or treatments are available to them), women of color and older women (whose concerns may be dismissed as &quotunimportant" or &quotwhining"), and women with disabilities (who may face mobility or communication issues). It also includes lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and immigrant women, especially those who are not fluent in English. Ultimately, changing current practices will require significant changes in public policy. In the meantime, being aware of how the medical system reflects society as a whole can help you deal with this system and improve the way in which you are treated.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.