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Empowering Women’s Healthcare Choices

July 07, 2021
Tools and resources are vital in helping women navigate healthcare decisions for themselves and their families.

Women are a powerful force in healthcare — not only through their vital contributions to medicine across history, but also in their everyday lives. Studies show that 94% of women make healthcare decisions for themselves and 59% make decisions for others.

Navigating healthcare can at times seem complex. But every day, female decisionmakers work to arm themselves with education and resources. You need as much information as possible to make the best healthcare choices for yourself and your family members or dependents.

The Sydney app is a great place to start. It helps you manage your healthcare 24/7, wherever you are. With it, you can access information about your plan benefits, claims filed, deductible, and more. In addition, you can find useful information about timely topics, such as COVID-19. Along with Sydney, UniCare provides a variety of tools to make your healthcare experience easier. Learn about just a few of resources you can use—this list is not comprehensive, but explores some great suggestions:

Finding care

One of the key decisions women make for themselves, their children, or others is where to go for care. This can include a primary care doctor, specialist, or facility for a variety of procedures. Finding the right care at the right cost is paramount. UniCare has created a Find Care tool to make that decision easier. Members can log in to find doctors or other medical professionals in their network and nearby. 

The SmartShopper program offers another way to compare prices, and even includes rewards for using the system to book an appointment at a lower-cost provider.

Finding the right primary care doctor is important, as this person should be a strong partner for you and your family in navigating your health long-term. 

Navigating mental health

Women have to manage so many things — most juggling some combination of a career, caretaking of children or family members, home life, community involvement, and social engagement. It is important to devote time to your own mental health as well. If you are healthy and sharp, you can continue to balance other responsibilities.

Resources abound to help you take control of your mental health and make the body-mind connection. The UniCare blog contains articles that can help you manage your own mental health, or provide care, guidance, and support to a loved one.

For those dealing with depression, particularly in teens, Shine Light on Depression can help. It is a website created by diverse organizations to amplify conversation around teen depression and suicide. It includes family workshops and other programs or resources.

Being the healthcare decisionmaker for yourself or your loved ones is a significant task, but women handle it with grace every day. Having tools and resources can make that job a little easier — resulting in healthier individuals and families everywhere.