Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Health Care for Transgender Individuals

Interesting paper discussing the barriers and some solutions to them in regards to transgender related healthcare. I know personally my first OBGYN appointment was a bit scary but luckily my doctor was not only welcoming but super friendly and very understanding.

ABSTRACT: Transgender individuals face harassment, discrimination, and rejection within our society. Lack of awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to, underutilization of, and disparities within the health care system for this population. Although the care for these patients is often managed by a specialty team, obstetrician–gynecologists should be prepared to assist or refer transgender individuals with routine treatment and screening as well as hormonal and surgical therapies. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and urges public and private health insurance plans to cover the treatment of gender identity disorder.

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