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Muslim Women and United States Healthcare: Challenges to Access and Navigation

The Cupola Scholarship at Gettysburg College | January, 01 , 2015
Dayna M. Seeger | Download (12)
This paper offers an analysis of the interactions of Muslim women in the US healthcare system in order to unpack challenges and propose potential accommodations. Islam may inform values or considerations in the context of other cultural factors or present Muslim women with specific challenges in seeking healthcare based on Islamic teachings or social constructs. This paper examines these factors by elaborating on an overview of Muslim interpretations of healthcare using religious authorities, text from the Qur’an, and social norms. It then delves into challenges faced by Muslim women in the US healthcare system and the implications of those challenges and finally proposes improvements to help Muslim women to gain access to fair and equal healthcare in the US.

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