The State of LGBTQ Healthcare in America

The state of American healthcare is constantly in flux. Currently, many individuals are losing faith in the American health care system. In fact, one-third of Americans reported to a recent Gallup survey that they don’t believe the health care system works for them.

Statistics also reveal that face time with doctors averages around 15 minutes, with only five of those minutes devoted to talking about the reason for the visit in the first place.

And the matter only worsens for the uninsured. Almost 50% of all Americans can’t afford an unexpected $400 medical bill.

For the LGBTQ community in America, the state is even bleaker. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost 25% of bisexual men in America are without health insurance. To boot, 50% of transgender Americans don’t have necessary health care because they cannot afford it. And for the LGBTQ individuals with insured healthcare? A shocking 50% of LGBT individuals in America haven’t revealed their sexuality to their doctors.

In the gay community, health care is an ever-important issue. LGBTQ individuals are statistically unable to afford health insurance and are often uncomfortable sharing personal life details with a provider.

For the second consecutive year, Frontiers Media has created a comprehensive health care guide for Southern California. In this guide, Frontiers has included a compilation of information regarding So Cal’s healthcare providers. Additionally, they have added two new categories: mental health and senior services.

By releasing this information, Frontier hopes to help individuals find a provider that they like, can trust, and can afford.

“The most important part of finding a doctor is finding one you can have a consistent relationship with,” says Dr. Anthony Scarsella, the President and Medical Director of Pacific Oaks Medical Group, one of the most prominent gay-friendly providers in SoCal. “It doesn’t matter if it’s someone you see through an HMO, or if they take your PPO, Medicare or Medi-Cal; you want a doctor who knows you.”

With the rise of urgent care, a fostered patient-practitioner relationship is rare these days. Although typically, urgent care is less expensive, with copays ranging between $35 and $55 and less then $100 for the uninsured.

Even so, resources like Frontiers’ guide helps to demystify healthcare for members of the LGBTQ community, an essential step for ensuring equal and comprehensive health care for everyone.

“Accessibility, comfort and consistency are what we need out of health care,” says Dr. Scarsella. “We should make sure everyone has those opportunities.”

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