Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients sometimes postpone care because of discrimination concerns. Sometimes health professionals chase them away unknowingly. Here are ways to combat that.
Some patients of family physician Robert J. Winn, MD, travel more than 500 miles for routine care at the Philadelphia health center where he works. Most are transgender. Others are lesbian, gay and bisexual.
They live in East Coast towns that stretch from upstate New York to southern Virginia. And all are looking for the same thing -- a physician who understands them.
"It's ridiculous to get health care from 500 miles away," but they don't have anywhere else to go, said Dr. Winn, medical director of the Mazzoni Center, an LGBT health care and wellness facility. He also teaches in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
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