Empowering Women Through Better Health and Wellness

    Empowering Women Through Better Health and Wellness

    This article is written by Leah Millheiser, MD, Medical Advisor for hers.

    May 12th marked the beginning of Women’s Health Week, and it serves as an important reminder that too many women find it difficult to prioritize what really matters –– their health and wellness.

    The statistics of barriers to entry for women seeking quality, affordable care in the USA remain staggering:

    • 25% of women in the United States don’t have access to health insurance (source)
    • According to one survey, 54% of women in 2016 were not confident in their ability to afford care if they got seriously ill (more info here)
    • A 2017 Gallup poll found 37% of women or a member of their family put off medical treatment in the past year because of cost, compared to only 22% of men. This gender gap has appeared consistently in Gallup’s annual poll since 2001.
    • Approximately 3.5 million women and men go without care because they cannot access transportation to their providers, according to the American Hospital Association

    As doctors and medical professionals, we know that making quality, affordable care accessible for women across the country is paramount. Advances in telehealth make it easier for patients to connect with licensed doctors, at times that are convenient, utilizing time-saving communication methods like phone, text and email.

    As a leader in telehealth, Hers is a critical first touchpoint for people who have felt left out of the existing healthcare system, offering convenient access to an extensive physician network of over 140 doctors, informational resources via digital platforms, and a dialogue around typically taboo medical topics, such as female sexual health and wellness.

    I’m proud to be a part of a team of some of the best doctors that make up our medical advisory board (some of the smartest medical experts around, from Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia to name a few). Together, we lead all decision-making on possible treatment offerings and ensure Hers has the best possible standards of care available through the platform.

    Here’s the commitment to you: we’ll continue working to address the issues that impact your lives by providing new products and services that too many women don’t have access to, because women shouldn’t have to worry about missing work, school, or time with friends and family while waiting for a doctor's appointment. And you should never feel embarrassed to ask questions that will get you feeling your best. Let’s use this as a reminder to ourselves that our health and wellbeing matter, and as women we deserve better when it comes to access to quality, affordable care.

    This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.