Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals often face challenges and barriers to accessing needed health services and, as a result, can experience worse health outcomes. While LGBT individuals have many of the same health concerns as the general population, they experience certain health challenges at higher rates, and also face several unique health challenges. In particular, research suggests that some subgroups of the LGBT community are more likely to suffer from certain chronic conditions and face higher prevalence and earlier onset of disabilities compared to heterosexuals. In addition to the higher rates of illness and health challenges, some LGBT individuals are more likely to experience challenges obtaining care.
LGBT Health Disparities
LGBT Health Disparities | Cigna
Moreover, like other aspects of the marital-health link, healthcare work dynamics likely vary by gender and couple type. To explore this possibility, we use in-depth interviews with 90 midlife gay, lesbian, and heterosexual spouses to examine how spouses perform healthcare work. Our results show that in heterosexual marriage, women perform the bulk of healthcare work and typically do so in coercive ways. A minority of heterosexual men provide instrumental healthcare work for their wives. Gay and lesbian spouses appear to commonly use both coercive and supportive healthcare work strategies to effectively promote healthcare use.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Download the full report in English. A substantial body of research indicates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT populations across the United States encounter significant barriers to health care. Many LGBT people have difficulty finding providers who are knowledgeable about their needs, encounter discrimination from insurers or providers, or delay or forego care because of concerns about how they will be treated.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has unique health risk factors. Get resources and support with Cigna. Transgender persons have special health needs and risks. Learn more about getting the care you need, and take control of your health and your future.