Did a doctor misdiagnose you? Did a hospital nurse administer the wrong drug to you? Did you end up with a post-surgical infection because some piece of equipment wasn't sterile? Did a tech forget to wash his hands before examining you and leave you with a medication-resistant staph infection (MRSA)?
In the last few years, there have been some disturbing revelations about the American medical system -- particularly where childbirth and maternal care are concerned. American women are dying at shocking rates in childbirth. While other developed nations have seen a sharp drop in maternal mortality, it's no longer uncommon for American mothers to die in childbirth or shortly after.
The news for patients these days is both good and bad when it comes to the quality of the doctors available to treat them.
It is well documented that men and women are different in some important and fundamental ways. As such, we need to understand those differences and account for them in order to ensure that men and women have equal access to critical services, like effective healthcare.