NYC publishes LGBTQ healthcare bill of rights

New York City published its LGBTQ Healthcare Bill of Rights, which outlines the protections and rights guaranteed to all LGBTQ individuals seeking healthcare in the city.

Below is the 10 point list of rights, as they appear in the bill. The bill will be distributed in city health centers on posters and wallet-sized cards.

  1. Be treated with dignity, respect and professionalism in all healthcare settings by all providers and all staff
  2. Receive compassionate, judgment-free and comprehensive care that is mindful of your sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for all health services
  3. Respectful discussions with providers about your health and healthcare needs, including your sexual history and current sex life
  4. Have your gender identity and gender expression recognized, affirmed, documented and accommodated in all healthcare interactions
  5. Clear explanations of providers' requests for your health information
  6. Clear explanations of all medical procedures and risks, and the right to choose or refuse any treatment
  7. Access to health insurance coverage and benefits without discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression
  8. Choose who will make medical decisions for you if you are unable; and, if you are a minor, the right to have your voice and best interests included in these decisions
  9. Decide who may and may not visit you if you are admitted to a health care facility
  10. Privacy and confidentiality

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