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Research: Women more likely to ask their doctor questions

Apr 27 2015

Women are more proactive when it comes to managing their own health and that of their loved ones, according to  research from iTriage, an Aetna company. According to the 2015 study, women make approximately 80 percent of health care decisions for their families and are more likely to be the care giver when a family member falls ill. Women are also more likely to utilize health care than men.

However, the research suggests that both men and women don’t have or can’t find the information they need to make the right decisions. Women generally scored higher than men in health literacy (22 percent versus 14 percent), but the overall low level of health literacy means people need to get more comfortable asking questions.

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