Double question (maybe triple). 1) If LGBT, have you experienced discimination in your healthcare? If LGBT staff, have you experienced discrimination from pts/colleagues? 2)If not LGBT, would you be bothered at all by having a LGBT person caring for you? Would you ask for another carer? All answers are accepted, please note I'm writing something with the answers.
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I agree 100% with respect to "money/coverage talks". I was in healthcare for 20 years leading up to the birth of my daughter and saw everything you are talking about with respect to AIDS as late as 2004 (IN CALIFORNIA!!)
Q) How many doctors does it take to change a light bulb? A) Depends on how much insurance the light bulb has.
Yoleen, that is funny and tragic at the same time. But if you need health care these days, they always ask, "What insurance do you have?" before they ask, "What are your symptoms?". Some won't even talk to you unless you have insurance!
I live in a country with public Tertiary health care (eg funded) - you can go private if you want to be seen quicker (and use insurance), so the US has always been confusing to me.
Lela - it has come a long way, I was wondering how far still 2go
As it should be.
As an RN - its not my pts business that I'm gay, it changes nothing abt my care or skill. It has been asked + I'm always honest if asked directly, or I've mentioned it if it would benefit a pt eg struggling with identity etc
LOL, some of the caregivers ARE purple giants from pluto!
Thanks for your answer. As a RN who happens to be LGBT, I've always been interested in what those in....less tolerant...areas (like parts of the USA) think of us. Hence my question, and direction for assignment
Lela - haha...too true at times!
It's Utah - two words explain a LOT! Awesome birth story - at least you stood your ground abt them not taking her. We have a 1yr old + NZ doesn't use nurseries xcept NICU, so I couldn't have let them take her 2 the nursery. Glad yr experience was gd!
Thanks KJ. As an RN who is LGBT, I've never had issues caring for anyone or had anyone have issue with me caring for them. Given many countries are not as forward as my own, I was curious as to other people's experiences. Thanks 4 yr answer.
"Oh God, ew. You do realize she plays for her own team, don't you?"
I assume you were joking around when you said that then after a hubber expressed attraction to a lgbt hubber. He wasn't serious, i think anyway, so can I assume you weren't either?
That statement was totally taken out of context. It's one thing to to be cared for by a LGBT, and another to have romantic interest in one. I was implying that he didn't have a chance with her.
I made sure to give the context though...
Anyway, what is the difference between romantic interest and healthcare of an lgbt person when we are talking about respect for the person?
There is quite a bit...but I don't have the space here to explain. Please believe that it is a horse of a different color.
Thanks for your answer Stargrrl. I may ask a follow up later.
Link - I saw the original - thought similar to you - different situation - not a pt/carer relationship which is what this was about here.
Still feel that its a double standard and/or hugely hypocritical, but I'm pretty sure the topic would derail if I pushed it further.
Its not uncommon, which one reason why I'd like to write about it for an assignment. However, I'm going on these answers (and an interview with an LGBT EMS) only. Thanks for understanding tho