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How Does Gender Bias Create A Healthcare Gap & What Is The Way Out?

Whether you like it or not, we all are victims of implicit bias. You may argue that you do not believe in gender, race, ethnicity, or religion. Even if you do, you would think that all these should not create a bias. Similarly, you may also argue that gender and ethnicity do not define us. But the truth is we all are institutionalized to be biased.

Anna / Pexels / Implicit bias is something that is taught in families unconsciously, reveals a new report.

 

By the time we are born, we are systematically taught to be biased. Be it based on religion, skin color, gender, or ethnicity, we jump to conclusions and make snap judgments. Not to blame the individuals, it s the byproduct of our upbringing and household. Thus, it is apparent that everyone is biased – be it based on gender, color, race, or ethnicity.

How Gender Bias Lessens the Access to Healthcare?

A recent probe into gender stereotypes and bias shows that the healthcare sector is also a victim of gender bias. “Gender bias exists in the healthcare sector,” says a report from the American College of Cardiology. “It is a real thing we should all be concerned about.” Furthermore, the stud highlights that certain treatments are not given to women in general and non-white patients. “Cardiac Catherization is the foremost among them,” says the report.

Anna / Pexels / There are certain treatments (like Cardiac Catherization) that non-white patients do not have access to.

 

Furthermore, the report from the ACC shows clinicians do not recommend Cardiac Catherization and other chronic treatments for underprivileged patients. “Our stats show that patients of different races and ethnicities other than whites are not recommended for major treatments. Only because they are either underprivileged or of different ethnicity and race.” Thus, the report asserts that this is a major problem in the healthcare sector. After all, everyone has the fundamental right to have access to healthcare – regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race.

Consequently, this leads to a disastrous health decline. Underprivileged patients who do not get access to healthcare can not do much about it. Thus, they are destined to fall victim to diseases that are not treated. In a worst-case scenario, they die of that disease, which is left untreated because of gender bias.

Alex / Pexels / Underprivileged patients who do not get access to proper healthcare suffer from disastrous health declines.

What is the Way Out Then?

That said, it is now apparent that it is not justifiable by any means. Everyone should have access to proper healthcare. Clinicians and doctors have to be more humanistic than stereotypical.

Here are some of the ways that can help eradicate gender bias from the healthcare sector:

  • Moral schooling of doctors and physicians.
  • Ensuring that healthcare is a fundamental and legal right of all patients – regardless of gender and ethnicity.
  • Keeping a fair track of diverse patients.
  • Monitoring doctors thoroughly to ensure they are fair.

As we conclude, it is pertinent to note that doctors need moral schooling, which is a crying need of the day. Apart from their professional training, it is a serious need that they are given a fair education about humanism and stereotypes.

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