Healthcare Desparity Essay

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LGBT Healthcare Disparity
Theresa Sellers
Southwestern Oklahoma University

LGBT Healthcare Disparity

There is an increasing progress being made in the equal right of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community. Fifteen of the states now recognize at least some of the same rights to same sex couples that are given to heterosexual couples (Krehley, 2009). Despite the progress that has been made, the LGBT population continues to experience worse health outcomes due to poor health insurance coverage, higher rates of stress due to discrimination and cultural incompetency (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, 2012). Same sex marriage laws and domestic partnership benefits
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Examples of deterrents that affect the health of the LGBT population are legal discrimination in access to health insurance, employment, housing, marriage, adoption, and retirement benefits; lack of laws protecting against bullying in schools; lack of social programs targeted for LGBT youth, adults, and elders and a shortage of health care providers who are culturally competent in LGBT health (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, 2012). Many areas of improvement are needed in LGBT health. They include improving interventions for HIV and STD’s (Compendium of HIV prevention interventions with evidence of effectiveness , 2007); Providing supportive social services to reduce suicide and homelessness risk among the LGBT population (Newton, 2009); Asking about and being supportive of a patient’s sexual orientation to improve the patient-provider interaction (LS, 2006) and providing medical students with more access to the care of LGBT patients to help increase cultural competence (Sanchez, 2006).

PLAN Research on the LGBT community has been limited due to government surveys not collecting data on sexual orientation. A number of national LGBT organizations advocate for the Department of Health and Human Services to include questions and data collection pertinent to the LGBT community as part of the duties of the National Center for Health Statistics. Increased data

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