A PHS 795 student draws our attention to the issue of providing high quality, accessible and respectful care to transgender patients. They write:
The article “Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Transpeople Face Care Gaps” reminds us how the healthcare system can deter transpeople from seeking care.
Often, trans men avoid annual screens such as pap smears because of the fear of a humiliating office visit or the chance of talking to a provider who fails to recognize their trans identity. The article also states that many transmen don’t know that they are at risk for breast cancer after having top surgery.
Hruschka points out how that culture itself can be a reason for disparities and poor health outcomes. Many of our cultural norms are centered on gender roles. The medical community often reinforces the notion that gender is fixed, essential, and biologically derived. I ask myself how can we begin to provide more inclusive, quality care, and an overall safe space to trans people.
Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Trans People Face Care Gaps
Though awareness of the nation’s transgender population has grown, medical networks are still scrambling to catch up with that group’s highly specialized needs.
Healthcare.gov has some useful information for transgender persons seeking to purchase healthcare coverage on the affordable care act exchanges https://www.healthcare.gov/transgender-health-care/ . The Human Rights Campaign also has a good summary of information available on patient services and support for transgender persons: http://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-patient-services-support-resources-for-providers-and-hospital-a