The sexes’ 15 leading causes of death, 2009

The 15 leading causes of death, both sexes, rates per 100,000 population, 2009

In 2008, Australia’s Federal Government developed the first National Male Health Policy, with the aim of bringing men’s health outcomes up to women’s.

In the United States, it is different:

“Fortunately, our daughters’ and mothers’ health challenges are addressed by seven federal offices of women’s health. Our sons’ and fathers’ are not addressed by a single federal office of men’s health.” –Warren Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power

“Not addressed by a single federal office of men’s health,” despite men’s average shorter life span and poorer health. Think about that. What would feminists say — and what would they do — if women on average died sooner than men and had poorer health, and all the offices of health were for men? Can you even imagine what feminists would do? Exactly what men should do in the face of our nation’s deliberate shunning of their generally poorer health.

“[Men] are less likely to seek and receive needed health care. [10–14] Sex differences in health care utilization are well documented; females use more preventive care and prescription medications than males. [12,15,16] Women also use emergency care with greater frequency [15] and resource intensity than men. [16] These discrepancies in care patterns may be partially explained by sex differences in health care needs across the age spectrum, and sex-specific types health care services (reproductive health care, sex-specific cancers, etc.). [14,15] But other factors are also at play. Behavioral and attitudinal differences (such as masculinity beliefs) also influence health care use and health seeking behaviors. [13,17–19]” -The IncidentalEconomist.com, summarizing from an August 2013 Medical Care report

How’s this as an example of the poorer medical treatment supposedly given to women: Healthcare professionals “also spend less time with men than women and thus provide less time for men’s questions.” Dying to Be Men, published in 2011 by Will Courtenay

Related reading:

The Health of Men: Structured Inequalities and Opportunities (A National Institutes of Health report)

Health Disparities Persist for Men, and Doctors Ask Why” (A New York Times report)

Two takes on “Obamacare’s” discrimination against men

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