Raising Women’s Voices

A Report Finds Fault with US Healthcare Services for Teens

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on December 10, 2008

A recent report from National Research Council and the U.S. Institute of Medicine, shows how adolescents are usually forgotten in terms of healthcare, reinforcing the idea of “Adolescents have unique health care needs, and our health system should approach their care the same way it does children or adults.” Some important healthcare issues for adolescents are mental health, sexual health, oral health and substance abuse treatment, which are usually left out in healthcare reforms. In addition, some adolescents are either uninsured or underinsured, leaving them unable to receive mainstream primary care services. The reason why it is important to provide proper healthcare to adolescents is “…adolescence is a critical period for developing habits that build a strong foundation for health throughout one’s entire life, services need to focus on promoting healthy behaviors, preventing disease, and managing health conditions.”

 

For the full article, please visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/09/AR2008120901421.html

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