Healthcare Disparities in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community

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Health Care Disparities in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Community
It is important to identify at risk populations who suffer from health care disparities in order to decrease these disparities. Health care disparities can result in negative health outcomes when at risk populations are not afforded proper health treatment. According to Ranji, Beamesderfer, Kates, and Salganicoff (2014) health concerns and risk factors affecting the LGBT community include HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), drug abuse, mental health issues, and sexual and physical violence. The LGBT community is an at risk population due to barriers in health care linked to discrimination, prejudice, social stigma, and lack of
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Barriers to Health Care in the LGBT Community
Barriers to health care occur in many at risk populations. According to Blais and Hayes (2011) barriers to integrating culture and care in the health care environment include stereotyping, discrimination, and prejudice. These barriers often occur in the LGBT community. Barriers in the LGBT community such as discrimination and social stigma can lead to LGBT individuals not receiving culturally competent and quality medical care. According to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) (2012) recent evidence suggest that the LGBT community face a variety of barriers in accessing quality medical care such as the limited ability to access health insurance from employers for same-sex couples. This problem exists because many employers do not recognize same-sex unions. Other barriers in accessing quality health care include as disrespectful behavior from health care providers and the social stigma of being a part of the LGBT community (AHRQ) (2012). Several studies reported by AHRQ (2012) indicate that same-sex couples often experience barriers to health care and that health care providers often had negative perceptions while interacting with them.
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