Almost 50% of transgender people in the United States have reported experiencing abuse from a medical provider, including refusal to provide care and instances of verbal or physical abuse, according to a released report Wednesday by Liberal thinks to thank the Center for American Progress (CAP).
The report highlights several disparities in healthcare experiences between transgender people and their cisgender counterparts, with the think tank calling on the federal government to put in place “non-discrimination laws and inclusive policies ”to ensure access to health care for transgender people.
The CAP was based on one of its surveys, carried out in June 2020, among more than 1,500 people who identify as LGBTQ +.
In the survey, nearly one in two transgender people reported being abused by medical providers, with cases reported in 68% of transgender people of color.
In addition, around 28% of those surveyed said that they had or not postponed receiving medical care “for fear of being discriminated against” and 46% said that an insurance company was denying them gender care.
The think tank also attributed health inequalities to the costs of medical care, with more than half of those polled saying last year that they had avoided “necessary medical care” because of the high costs.
Sharita Gruberg, vice president of the centre’s LGBTQ research and communications project and one of the report’s authors, said Wednesday in a statement to NBC News that it should not be on individuals to find access to quality and non-discriminatory medical care.
“It really should be on these institutions to do the right thing, and the resources and advice are there,” she added.
President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, a longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67. since taking office, has announced the reversal of several Trump-era policies on healthcare for transgender people, including the previous administration’s decision to remove non-discrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act that prevented healthcare workers from denying patient care based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
However, the think tank on Wednesday called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other administrative agencies in Biden to protect additional protections and implement reforms.
The report partially sought advice from the HHS informing state Medicaid programs that transgender exclusions “do not comply with federal law” and expanded care for transgender federal employees.
The CAP also urged the federal government to increase data collection on the experiences of transgender people, including how they have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.