Less Likely to Seek Medical Care

Without access to paid leave, working mothers are less likely to seek medical care for themselves or take their children for medical visits for mild illnesses.

Paid Sick Leave is policy that supports working women, contributes to work and family balance, and benefits public health. Studies have found that people with paid sick days reported better health, less delayed health care, and fewer visits to the emergency room. The current lack of paid sick leave creates adverse circumstances for women’s and children’s health. First, it robs working mothers of the opportunity to have an involved role in their children’s medical care. Research suggests that children recover more quickly from illnesses when their parents care for them. Furthermore, without access to paid leave, working mothers are less likely to seek medical care for themselves or take their children for medical visits for mild illnesses.

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