I’ve heard for years about varied health care experiences in the LGBT community — in the form of “official” reports and anecdotally, from friends, acquaintances or in opinion pieces. The experiences have run the gamut (and continue to, I’m sure) from refusal of care to trying to treat a patient without really have to touch or interact with them to benign neglect, for lack of a better term at the moment. Magnify these issues if the LGBT patient is un- or under-insured or a person of color since the medical deck is already stacked against them, sexuality and/or gender aside.
Finally, a large study focusing on medical education and how it fails the LGBT community. From a lay perspective, it seems like a no-brainer … doctors and other medical professionals learn their craft somewhere, right? Why it took so long for a major study and report, I don’t know. Probably the same reasons and biases that kept DADT around for so long combined with how majorly screwed up our health care system is, but it sure was time for a study like this. I hope med schools and their oversight bodies read this and take it to heart; start working toward making some concrete changes. Not to would be a disservice for patients, their families and friends, our communities, and the health care system as a whole.