One-third of women say they are not getting the healthcare services they need, according to a study by B.C. Women’s Health Foundation.
The report, called In Her Words, surveyed 1,000 B.C. women, in which 31% said that they lacked the healthcare they need.
Genesa Greening, President & CEO of BCWHF, says that the percentage goes up significantly with minority groups. Three quarters of Indigenous women say their needs are not being met.
Some cases showed that indigenous women were told their symptoms were related to lifestyle choices, rather than a serious illness.
“The findings of this report indicate the need for transformational change in the BC healthcare sector to improve access to equitable healthcare for women,” said Greening in a press release.
The study shows this inadequacy is even more prominent in women with chronic pain issues. For example, women with lyme disease, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome.
“It can be very, very difficult for the doctors or the health care system to accurately diagnose because the research hasn’t produced a bio marker, or the accurate blood test, or the accurate diagnostic mechanism,” said Dr. Lori Brotto, executive director of Women’s Health Research Institute, to CTV News.
Brotto added it can take women several years to get a diagnosis for chronic issues and is often chalked up to mental health issues.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said the ministry is working closely with the B.C. Women’s Health Foundation to improve health services for women, particularly those of minorities.
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