NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- Women are more likely than men to forgo healthcare because of cost, a new U.S. survey reports.
Nearly 70 percent of uninsured women do not get the healthcare they need because they can't afford it, compared to about half of men, the national survey by the National Women's Law Center found.
One in three insured women is struggling to pay medical bills, while one in four men has difficulty affording care, the survey said.
The likely cause of the disparity is, on average, women have greater health needs than men, but lower incomes, the study concluded.
"These findings show that comprehensive healthcare coverage that doesn't require high out-of-pocket costs is vital to ensuring that women get the care they need to be healthy," said Sara Collins, assistant vice president for the Program on the Future of Health Insurance at The Commonwealth Fund, which funded the study.