Improving Health Disparities Among Women 's Reproductive Health Care
Sufficient access to affordable and adequate health care, both preventative care and ongoing treatment, is critical in improving health disparities among women in South Texas. This is complicated by the lack of health care providers in the area in addition to the population’s high rates of uninsured women along the border (Zuvekas and Weinick, 1999; Healthy People 2020, 2012). Competing solutions regarding women’s reproductive health care disparities litter the Texas political landscape.
State of Texas Solutions Solutions to boost the number of health care providers in Texas, especially along the border are led by members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. With the addition of four medical schools across Texas and the state’s passing of Senate Bill 18 in 2015, a bill aimed at expanding medical programs and funding for residency opportunities, a number of solutions point to increasing the number of residency slots in South Texas (Sorrell, 2016; TX SB18, 2015). The addition of physicians in new communities, paired with the collaborative efforts from of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), help to bring long-acting reversible contraceptives to low-income women, which allows for more affordable access (Luthera, 2016; Texas LARC Toolkit, 2016).
Moreover, primary care provider interest groups…