Ever since the ripe age of 5, we’ve been firmly in the girls rule, boys drool camp. We’ve never had issues deciding where to cast our vote in any of sort of G vs. B situation. However, a new study released by ZocDoc says the boys might have us beat in one very important category: health. According to the study, 80% of Americans admit they are delaying or forgoing preventative care, and women are guiltier.
Scroll through to find out what’s going on with women’s healthcare and what it means.
When was the last time you went to the doctor? Um, yeah. That’s what we thought. Even when sick, 66% of women would rather wait it out than make a doctor’s appointment, compared to just about half of men in the same situation. Not only are women more likely than men to put off preventative care (82% versus 78%), but they’re also more likely to self-diagnosis and self-treat than find a doctor. Which, as New York City internist Dr. Keri Peterson points out, “can be very dangerous, not to mention time-consuming.”
The reason women are opting out of healthcare is probably fairly obvious—women are busy; life is busy. Everything from social commitments to household responsibilities to career goals trumps healthcare. Can you guess the number one reason people cancel or reschedule a checkup? Work obligations. But Dr. Google doesn’t compare to the real thing. “I can’t stress how important an ongoing relationship with your doctor is in managing your health in both the short and long term,” Dr. Peterson says. Luckily, there are apps now that make booking that ever-important appointment a lot easier. With apps like ZocDoc (free for iPhone and Android), you can find a doctor and schedule an appointment right on your phone at any time (even in a meeting).
Are you guilty of prioritizing other things over your health?