Advocates demand women's universal
health care as a human right
May 19, 2006
Proponents alighted San Francisco City Hall Steps yesterday to
proclaim universal health care for women a human right.
Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarimi lent their voice with
women's organizations, labor representatives and health care organizations.
The United States is out of step with international treaties,
according to reports cited at the rally by Wild
For Human Rights.
In San Francisco the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's
* Women have higher rates of chronic diseases that cause limitation
on activities of daily living.
* 20.4% of women in San Francisco in 2001 were diagnosed with
arthritis compared to 12.3% of men.
* 60% of women in their senior years are dealing with hypertension
or arthritis and 50% with high cholesterol.
* Anxiety and depression affect nearly 25% of all women, more
than twice the rate of men.
* Only 34% of women in California gain health care insurance
directly through their employers.
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