Study: Health Plans Unfair to Women

Knoxville (WVLT) - A new study shows many health insurance plans are an unfair burden to women.

The study's authors say high-deductible health insurance plans punish women for having reproductive organs.

They say these plans are an unfair burden to women because they need routine medical exams that quickly add up.

The study finds women's costs are higher because they need mammograms, cervical cancer vaccine, pap tests, birth control and pregnancy-related services that men do not.

These consumer-driven plans are based on the idea that patients will be more fiscally responsible with how they use services if they must pay off the first thousand dollars or more of their own annual health care bills.

But the study finds women on average have $1,000 more in health costs than men.

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