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In , Marian said a nurse practitioner in a local supermarket's walk-in health care clinic had repeatedly and intentionally misgendered Julian while administering his testosterone injection, asking, "What kind of a doctor would prescribe this to a girl? To those who have been denied health care on religious or moral grounds, the HHS announcement may have felt like the reopening of an old wound.
But healthcare workers refusing to provide care to sexual minorities—and transgender people in particular—are nothing new, and neither are the laws allowing them. In the s, Congress passed a series of laws to protect conscientious objections in healthcare. Among them are the Church Amendments , which prevent members of the healthcare workforce from being required to provide or participate in providing services that are contrary to their moral or religious beliefs.
In , in the final days of the George W. Bush administration, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations intended to help enforce protection of these healthcare refusals by, for example, requiring health facilities to certify compliance with the law in writing in order to receive federal health care funds.
Some saw the regulations as confusing and insufficiently protective of patients, and they were largely rescinded under President Barack Obama's administration in However, the laws undergirding them remained in place, so while institutional burdens were lifted, employees were still protected by federal law if they refused to participate in certain procedures.
Both the law and ethical rules published by the American Medical Association permit healthcare workers to refuse to provide certain services that are beyond their abilities, not medically necessary, or incompatible with their personal, religious, or moral beliefs.
However, discrimination against patients based on race, color, national origin, and disability is forbidden by federal civil rights law, and many states have passed statutes protecting additional classes of people.
An Ethical Analysis. And because the regulations allow for federal law to trump state laws, the resolution of conflicts between federal and state laws would fall to the courts, potentially threatening state laws that protect sexual minorities from discrimination. Discrimination against sexual minorities by healthcare providers is a common problem, but is magnified further among transgender people. In a survey conducted by the Center for American Progress CAP , an independent nonpartisan policy institute, eight percent of LGBTQ respondents said a doctor or other healthcare provider had refused to see them because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, while 29 percent of the transgender respondents—more than three times as many—reported this type of refusal.
These findings are similar to those in the US Transgender Survey , in which 23 percent of respondents reported abstaining from necessary healthcare over the past year due to fear of being mistreated by providers.
Transgender respondents to the CAP survey also reported high rates of discriminatory or abusive language or behavior in healthcare settings: Not all transgender people are at equal risk for being excluded from or poorly treated in a healthcare environment.
An analysis of responses to a survey of transgender people nationwide, found that people were at higher risk of being refused healthcare if they were transfeminine i. Respondents living in southern and western states were more likely to report healthcare refusals, which might have been explained by regional variations in state politics: Not all healthcare providers who refuse care to transgender people do so on the basis of religious or moral conviction—many say they simply feel uneducated on the subject , and are afraid of doing harm by providing care in which they have little expertise.
People who have been refused healthcare due to discrimination often refuse to seek healthcare in the future. According to the CAP survey, 14 percent of LGBTQ people and 22 percent of transgender people who experienced discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity avoided or delayed medical care as a result, resulting in delayed preventive care screening. The stigma experienced by sexual minorities who have been refused health care can contribute to worsened physical and mental health.
As with the Masterpiece Cake Shop Supreme Court case, wherein a Colorado baker refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple on the basis of his religious beliefs about marriage, opponents of equality often argue that a person who has been refused healthcare can "go down the street" to find an alternative provider, said Durso.
But the CAP survey shows otherwise: Other studies have also shown that rural sexual minorities, including transgender people, have a harder time accessing healthcare than do those who live in urban areas.
And not everyone has the resources to take a day off work or school to get to the nearest welcoming provider in the case of a healthcare refusal, as Marian did. Although patients report being refused care or treated poorly by all sorts of healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others, it's unclear whether certain professions are implicated more often in these reports than others.
And it's a difficult thing to study, said Durso, both because providers may not want to admit refusal of care or mistreatment of patients and because they themselves may sometimes fail to recognize it.
Keren Landman is a practicing physician who specializes in infectious diseases and public health. Follow her on Twitter. Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up for the best of VICE, delivered to your inbox daily. New federal regulations are intended to help doctors refuse service based on religious or moral grounds. For trans patients, they may make a bad situation much worse. Newsletters are the new newsletters. More VICE. VICE Elsewhere.