We can learn much about health systems from how men use them, and how they impact on the health of men. Infrequent use of and late presentation to health services lead to higher levels of potentially preventable health problems and fewer treatment options.
The overall rate of admission to hospital is higher for men than for women for all of the principal diseases and health problems. Men’s poorer knowledge and awareness of health also points towards the need for targeted health information.
Here we look at the various policy actions required.