Gender based discrimination in the healthcare system is evidenced by trends where women are disadvantaged by nature of their treatment, such as how women pay higher insurance premiums than men, how some insurance companies opt out of covering contraceptive treatments or other medicines prescribed mostly to women, and while the Affordable Care Act outlaws healthcare discrimination based on gender, current political rhetoric that wishes to strip away not only this Affordable Care Act but also women's own reproductive rights when it comes to contraceptive use and abortions.
"When it ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the United States committed to ensure the right to health care free from all forms of racial discrimination to all within its borders. Yet, as the U.S. prepares to report to the U.N. expert body charged with monitoring U.S. progress on implementation of these commitments, discrimination in health care remains entrenched. This report evaluates the U.S. record on addressing racial and gender discrimination in sexual and reproductive health care. Recognizing that discrimination exists in both law and fact, we focus on the need for policy change as well as proactive measures to address the structural forms of discrimination that inhibit the ability of women of color and immigrant women to exercise their human right to health."