20% of non-binary folks are denied healthcare, research says

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A new study suggests that 1 in 5 non-binary people in the U.S. are struggling to receive the necessary healthcare services because of their gender identity. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in December, described a need for medical professionals to raise non-binary awareness in order to give a better service for the patients who are neither male nor female. “As our society’s concept of gender evolves, so does the visibility of contemporary non-binary people,” said researchers at the start of the paper, “Yet many members of the medical community may not know how to interact with non-binary patients respectfully or recognize their unique needs and barriers to care.” The paper, Persons of Nonbinary Gender — Awareness, Visibility, and Health Disparities, states that 19 percent of non-binary patients were refused medical treatment because of their gender identity. After this, as a consequence, 22% of non-binary individuals refused to apply to medical services at all, even if they required them, because of the fear of being discriminated against.

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