By KEVIN DRAIGERAssociated PressA man walks through a hallway in a men’s health clinic in New York.
| APPhotoFile |File photoMen’s health clinics are booming in the United States, but many of them are closed because of rising costs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that more men’s clinics be opened and more men receive medical services in underserved areas.
Men’s health centers are also an important part of the American health care system, providing medical care to people who don’t have access to doctors, nurses or hospitals.
A study published last year in the journal Health Affairs showed that men make up about 9 percent of the population, and that they make up nearly 20 percent of patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.
They also have a disproportionate share of premature deaths.
A new study released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that the number of men in the U.S. living in poverty was rising.
But the numbers don’t reflect the overall poverty of the U