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Health Services Utilization

Availability of and access to quality health care services directly affect all aspects of women's health. Access to health care is critical to prevent the onset of disease, as well as to identify health issues early and prevent disease progression. Although health care is important for all women, it may be particularly important among women who have poor health status, chronic conditions, or disabilities. Appropriate utilization can be hampered by limited financial resources and lack of health insurance or comprehensive insurance, as well as language, transportation, and other barriers.

This section presents data on women's use of health services, including data on women's health insurance coverage, usual source of care, health care expenditures, and use of various services, such as preventive care, HIV testing, oral health care, and mental health services. A new topic within this section explores women's use of the internet for health information.