Males are seriously under-represented in the US health care system. The trend starts early: Young men’s visits to docs are startlingly rare.
The numbers: Women are 3 times more likely than men to see a doctor on a regular basis. More than half of all men have not seen a primary care physician for a physical exam in the past year, while more than 40% had been diagnosed with chronic conditions including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Despite signs of positive momentum driven by the non-profit world and the government, “We still live in a nation where far too few physicians get the message that ‘your guys are here to see you,’” writes David Bell, an associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, medical director of the Young Men’s Clinic, and a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project.