Department of Health and Human Services to better support LGBT healthcare in 2012Bottom Highlights, Online Only Monday, May 21st, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday their commitment to better address the health concerns of LGBT people in 2012.
In a statement, the department explained that “everyone has a basic right to health care. This is a principle that all people should share and all nations should strive for.”
The department added, “Today, millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women around the globe are not getting the care they need simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
This can take the form of outright discrimination, like when people are given substandard care or are turned away from a hospital or local clinic because they happen to be lesbian or gay.
Often, the barriers are more subtle, like when doctors and nurses don’t take the time to understand the health needs of their LGBT patients.”
For the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services will collect data beginning this year on the health of the American LGBT propulation to better understand and treat those within the community.
“This data will shine a spotlight on health disparities and show us exactly where we need to do better,” the department explains. “For example, we’ve learned that lesbians are less likely to get preventive services for cancer than heterosexual woman, knowledge that allows us to create educational campaigns that will help us reach these women.
We have more work to do, but these steps will make it easier for the millions of LGBT Americans to have the same access to health care as their neighbors.”
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