When the responses from women were broken down by age, it became clear that younger generations felt that government should be doing more to support access to women’s health, while older generations were more likely to say they were satisfied with their government’s current contribution.
Once again, American women were the most critical of their government’s actions supporting female access to healthcare, with 44% of women aged 18-24 and 35-44 saying the government could do a lot more. Australian and Canadian women of the same age were more likely to say they were somewhat satisfied (34% and 38% respectively).
The answers from USA, Australian and Canadian female respondents are broken down by age-group below.
The final part of Compare the Market’s survey asked respondents what they view as their main priority when it comes to their health. Both men and women from all three countries were more likely to prioritise physical health over mental health, though lower proportions of women did so than men.
Americans were the most likely to prioritise physical health over mental health, and Australians had the highest proportion of survey respondents who prioritised mental health over physical health.
The fact that Australia had the highest proportion of people prioritising their mental health reflects all the hard work government and non-governmental organisations have done to raise awareness around the issue in Australia.
Fleming says that the Australian Government realises the importance of Mental Health and has worked to make it easier for people with private health insurance to access psychiatric care as part of the 2019 health insurance reforms.
When it comes to physical health, different health funds may have a range of extra benefits to help customers look after themselves, as Fleming explains.
“Beyond the different surgery and treatment categories for in-hospital treatment, health insurance extras can cover a variety of specialised non-hospital healthcare like chiropractic care and dental care, plus physiotherapy, prescription glasses, remedial massage and sometimes even discounts on gym memberships,” says Fleming.
“There are many different benefits with health insurance extras, so that men and women can choose the coverage that matters to them.”