B.C.’s provincial health office has released a report on women’s health in the province.
Overall, the report finds that women in B.C. are among the healthiest in Canada, but health gaps persist.
The majority of directly comparable indicators have improved since a 1995 report, with advances in life and health expectancy, lower teen pregnancy rates, increased access to preventive clinical services, income and representation in positions of influence.
The report also highlights areas where improvements still need to be made. Rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension, have been rising, and prevalence of depression and anxiety has increased since 1995, along with rates of sexually transmitted infections and Caesarean sections.