Providers are allies
In this Fierce Healthcare article, you'll learn about:
- The pressure on providers in how they practice
" Last fall, pressure from the governor's office quietly shut down the state's largest gender-affirming care program, The 19th recently revealed.
Healthcare leaders say the damage has already been done: Stigma and discrimination are worsening, some providers have stopped offering hormone therapy, trans youth and their parents are in anguish and some have already begun to be investigated by state officials. "
- Sentiment of healthcare leading organizations
" In a letter to the National Governors Association, the AMA cited evidence that trans and non-binary gender identities are normal variations of human identity and expression and that forgoing gender-affirming care can have tragic health consequences, both mental and physical.
“Decisions about medical care belong within the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship,” the AMA wrote in its letter. "
- How providers can serve as allies
" “There are lots of ways you can use your influence even though you are not, you know, the CEO of a large hospital,” Kahn said. One way she suggested is to call elected officials.
That’s exactly what Kirkley has been doing—speaking with lawmakers on the safety and necessity of gender-affirming care like hormone therapy and advocating for the expansion of telehealth, Kirkley explained. "