Women’s Access to Care in Theater

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
By Elizabeth Lockwood | Health.mil

Male and female service members each have particular health needs because of their gender, and these needs are met by the Military Health System both in the United States and on deployments, said Col. Kathy Harrington, deputy chief of the Clinical Services Division for the Army Medical Command. “The bottom line is, all service members will take care of any issues they have before they deploy,” Harrington said. “Once deployed, even though women do pose some unique needs by virtue of the fact that they are women, men will also have needs because of their gender. There is not a lot of differentiation in clinics on the basis of gender. Women have been in theater now for years, and it’s the Military Health System’s mission to address the needs of any soldier, be that soldier at home or deployed, male or female.”



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