European Institute of Women's Health calls for equal treatment of women in healthcare system

The European Institute of Women’s Health is asking the European Union to fix the inequities between men and women in the healthcare system.

Victoria Wystepek
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The organization reports that while women use medicine at higher rates than men, they remain under-represented in clinical trials, research, and data. This is problematic because diseases like diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease affect women differently from men.

To fix this discrepancy, the EIWH’s Manifesto is asking the European Union to require researchers to take into account the biological differences between men and women by disaggregating all research data by sex, age, and social status. 

The EIWH has also uncovered  a lack of information between healthcare providers and patients about proper pregnancy care. Further, one tenth of women in Europe lack access to medical care during the first month of pregnancy. The EIWH recommends a publicly-funded comprehensive European Pharmacovigilance group to provide information not just for patients, but for health professionals as well. 

The EIWH also asks that the EU address ageing women. Europe has the highest proportion of ageing women  in the world. Women also receive pensions that are 40% less than men, so the organization calls on the EU to take an integrated approach to prevent poverty among older women. 

Details from the story:

  • The EIWH calls for a coordinated effort among local, national, and European levels of government to provide resources to women for disease screening and prevention, such as mammograms and vaccines. 
  • The EIWH found that women lack information and data about the safe use of medications during pregnancy and lactation. 
  • Women have longer longevity than men, but must retire on a lower income and pension.
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