According to a well-known study, 28% of transgender people have postponed medical care when sick or injured due to discrimination they faced while trying to obtain care, and 48% postponed care because they were unable to afford it.
Transgender people face discrimination in every facet of their daily lives, but the barriers they face trying to access health care are particularly alarming. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 19% of transgender people were refused care as a result of their gender non-conforming status. Additionally, 50% reported they had to teach their medical provider about transgender care.
November is Transgender Awareness Month. In order to make sure transgender people know they have a place to turn for health care services, organizations like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) are highlighting the nonjudgmental care they provide.
“The experts at Planned Parenthood have the tools and training necessary to provide all our patients with the highest quality care — including transgender patients,” said Meg Robertson, women’s health nurse practitioner and director of clinical services at PPWI. “Periodic checkups and access to preventive care are essential for staying healthy, and we provide those services in a nonjudgmental environment, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.”
Robertson says PPWI offers an inclusive environment for all patients seeking health care services or education. Additionally, if a patient needs care that is not currently offered by PPWI, providers have a robust list of referrals and work to make sure each patient is able to find high-quality care at an affordable price.
“PPWI is always striving to make sure patients are comfortable because being open with your provider is an important part of getting the best health care possible,” said Robertson. “We believe that when people are truly cared for, they make their lives, their families, and their communities better and healthier. Our doors are open to everyone, and we are proud to serve the transgender community in Wisconsin.”