"Medical care for most men is one-stop shopping: a trip to a general doctor for a physical examination that includes full preventive care. "
While women always have to go to a specialist to get check ups regularly or for infections, men always can get a quick fix just from down the street. It says in this article from The New York Times that "new studies have shown, with tests like Pap smears are often overlooked, particularly if the doctor is a man." I think a lot of this has to do with a lot of men often being "simple minded", because they can get all of there questions and answers from one person, and they think women do too. Which is not true.
Is women's health not getting the attention it needs? In the article it talks about how many men as well as women find themselves visiting more than one doctor as they age, women's care is decreasingly getting worse from adolescence on. "We favor provision of care by any type of primary care physician, but we feel that none of them right now are trained well in women's health," said Eileen McGrath, executive director of the American Medical Women's Association. I think that this is a recurring problem in the United States and should be fixed.
The article also says that Dr. Lurie and her colleagues at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis surveyed the records of more than 100,000 women and found that female internists and family practitioners performed twice as many Pap tests as their male counterparts and ordered 40 percent more mammograms. This shows that women are more precautious to women health issues than men are. Does this mean you shouldn't go see a male doctor? All doctors are trained the same and learn the same myths about women's bodies, so you may feel more comfortable with a women, but you may not be better off.
So next time you go to your doctor pay close attention to see if you're getting all of the care you need, and make sure you're getting the right treatment because this is a growing problem in society today.