Uninsured women much more likely not to get Pap smears

Uninsured women much more likely not to get Pap smears

Unfortunately, according to a recent report from the Agency for Health Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 14 percent of American women age 18-64 have not had a Pap smear in the past three years. Asian women were least likely to have received a Pap smear in the past three years.

Insured status also plays a role. Women without health insurance were much more likely not to have had a Pap smear in the past three years; 25 percent of this group had not been screened vs. 11 percent of women covered by private insurance and 15 percent of those on some form of public insurance.

Women who were less educated were also less likely to have had a Pap smear in the past three years as were single women when compared to their married counterparts.

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