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    When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV

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    Many of us are vulnerable when we are ill or seeking health care services. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and those living with HIV, that vulnerability is often exacerbated by disrespectful attitudes, discriminatory treatment, inflexible or prejudicial policies and even refusals of essential care. These barriers, in turn, can result in poorer health outcomes and often have serious and even catastrophic consequences. This survey is the first to examine refusal of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a national scale. We hope that these data will influence decisions being made about how healthcare is delivered in this country now and in the future.

    Learning Objectives

    After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:

    • To examine the refusal of care and barriers to healthcare among LGBT and HIV communities on national scale.
    • To understand that the report likely understates the barriers to healthcare experienced by all LGBT people and those living with HIV.
    • To understand that there is a need to educate policy-makers, healthcare providers, and the general public about the need for healthcare fairness and to advocate for reforms that address the issues of greatest concern to LGBT people and people living with HIV.


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