Everyone deserves to receive health care services regardless of their status or origin. The LGBTQ community is one of the groups with a high risk of disease exposure. The loop in the disparity of health services has to be closed to enable every member of the LGBTQ to access health care services free from discrimination. Varied LGBTQ needs deserve health care services. The LGBTQ community has less access to healthcare and experiences worse health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. Though to close the loop of health disparities among the LGBTQ community, it is vital to understand some of the everyday needs this group deserves.
Lack of health insurance is a common need among the LGBTQ community. They suffer from chronic diseases, for instance, a heart condition that renders it challenging to gather financial position. This community lacks insurance coverage due to persistent workplace discrimination and harassment (Zeeman et al., 2019). Transgender is often mistreated at work because of their gender identity. Many insurance companies do not offer insurance coverage benefits for the same gender partners of their workers. Specific care that some insurance companies restrict the LGBTQ community needs. The LGBTQ stigma is worse than the heterosexual. Harassment and stigma from a young age lead them to develop mental illness and high risks of physical harm. Coping with such stigma, most LGBTQ members have turned to self-medication lack of competent care since the health care providers are unaware of the LGBTQ. The community is also affected by harassment whenever they are seeking. Limited data and knowledge on specific aspects of this community may render many doctors find difficulty in providing care to them.
To curb the health disparities among the LGBTQ community, strategic collaboration is needed for their needs to be catered for. Insurance firms should allow the LGBTQ community to access insurance coverage for their health needs. The motion should be moved to the congress meeting to pursue the law to meet and accept LGBTQ to access insurance health coverage. The passing of bills related to the LGBTQ population significantly helps eradicate health disparities (Heredia et al., 2021).
Discrimination and harassment among healthcare workers have influenced poor health-seeking behaviour among the LGBTQ. Health care providers should provide a welcoming environment to understand each person irrespective of their preferences. Health care providers should educate themselves about the health issues of importance to their patients by avoiding being judgmental and creating an environment that encourages inclusivity. LGBTQ members should be recognized and handled how health care providers manage heterosexuals.
Limited data regarding the needs of the LGBTQ is a significant factor affecting the outcome of health. Their needs should be included in the curriculum. Collection and competency training should be included in the syllabus. The health care providers should provide continuous medical education regarding the health needs of the LGBTQ community to enable them to meet their concern needs whenever they seek care in health facilities. The offices of the LGBTQ should engage in the collection of health concerns among its community to enable the health care providers to tackle and provide ways to suit their needs (Caceres et al., 2019).
Finally, to end the eradication of health disparities, the LGBTQ and heterosexual population should form a union and profound office that will lead in coordinating a consistent scientific-driven response to their health concerns. However, stigma has rendered the LGBTQ into a minority population; hence their health concerns are overlooked (Pachankis et al., 2021). The dedicated office aims to channel the need for equality as heterosexual does. Conducting for equality helps reduce stigma, enabling each member to seek health care freely.
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Caceres, B. A., Travers, J., Primiano, J. E., Luscombe, R. E., & Dorsen, C. (2020). Provider and LGBT individuals’ perspectives on LGBT issues in long-term care: A systematic review. The Gerontologist, 60(3), e169-e183.
Pachankis, J. E., Clark, K. A., Jackson, S. D., Pereira, K., & Levine, D. (2021). Current capacity and future implementation of mental health services in US LGBTQ community centres. Psychiatric services, 72(6), 669-676.
Heredia, D., Pankey, T. L., & Gonzalez, C. A. (2021). LGBTQ-affirmative behavioural health services in primary care. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, 48(2), 243-257.
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