Jaimie Roebuck is a communications specialist at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Robin Mason is a scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and the scientific lead at Women’s Xchange. Dr. Paula Rochon is the vice-president of research at Women’s College Hospital, a senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and the lead at Women’s Xchange.
Although universal in name, Canada’s health-care system doesn’t always work the same for everyone. Women are not well-represented in research, and when they are included, the information isn’t reported in such a way that we can distinguish important data differences between the sexes. Yet when it comes to most other industries – fashion, footwear or personal care, to name a few – customization by sex and gender is the standard. So why should we settle for a “one-size-fits-all” model when it comes to our health care?
From research and treatment options to health policy and programs, sex and gender differences have not been adequately considered. Women’s needs, including physiological differences, cultural challenges and life circumstances, are often overlooked. This is the health gap, and taking these factors into consideration is no longer an option – it’s a necessity.Simply put: The routine inclusion of sex and gender data into health research leads to better care. Equal treatment, representation and access to health services should be our country’s mandate. It’s time to bridge the health gap, so that Canada’s universal health-care system lives up to its name.
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