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Women's health: Not enough strides


Increased national attention to women's health care issues during the 1990s has produced mixed results. According to a Commonwealth Fund study, the percentage of women who receive mammograms and who take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis has increased, but there has been no noticeable increase in other types of preventive care. Worse, it says, physicians are missing opportunities to counsel women about healthy behaviors. Through its HEDIS quality measurement program, the National Committee for Quality Assurance will begin to hold health plans responsible for counseling women for menopausal health risks next year.

SOURCE: COMMONWEALTH FUND SURVEY OF WOMEN'S HEALTH, 1999

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