The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new Women’s Health Care Chartbook. Among the key results of the national survey it was found that one in ten women were caregivers to frail or ill family members. One in five of these women reports spending more than 40 hours per week on caregiving with strains on their family finances as a consequence. The survey of women ages 18 to 64 provides a look at the experiences of women in the health care system.
The chartbook presents a wide range of data on women’s health issues, including insurance coverage, affordability of and access to care, use of health care services, prevention, and family health. The survey was conducted in 2008, and builds on data collected during previous women’s health surveys conducted by the Foundation in 2001 and 2004.