Sun. Jan 19th, 2020

Accessing health care is more difficult for most women in India than men

The discrimination based on gender is having  negatively impacting the health of women in India, according to a joint study which was conducted by researchers at the Indian Statistical Institute, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, as well as the University of Harvard.

The research has examined the records of about 2,377,028 outpatients that visited the AIIMS medical facility from the months of January to December in the year 2016. The experts have found that only thirty-seven percent women were accessible to health care in comparison to the sixty-seven percent men.

AIIMS boasts off being the biggest tertiary care hospital in the Asian region and offers highly specialized treatment. The institution is treating more than two million patients every year. About ninety percent of these patients belong to the 4 states that are Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh having a combined population of more than 390 million people.

The research found that a reproductive age of a woman was a huge factor in determining if she could access a doctor or not. Females that were in the age range of 31 to 44, had to face a lesser degree of the gender discrimination at about 1.5 male patients per female patient. However, in the case of females that were up to 18 years old as well as those that were between the ages of 19 and 30, the discrimination increased to 1.9 male patients per every female patient as well as 2.02 male patients per every female patient, respectively.

For every single female patient over the age of sixty, 1.7 male patients had visited AIIMS in the year 2016.