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Transgender Health Care Access In Canada

Posted by on 4 November 2015
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Transgender people have a unique set of physical and mental health needs that seem to be compounded by prejudices against them, within both the health care system and society. The discrimination limits access to timely, medically appropriate, culturally competent, and respectful care, which eventually translates to increased risk of depression and suicide. Transgender people also have medical needs related to gender transition, such as surgery and hormonal therapy that usually create an inevitable and undesired reliance on the health system for basic identity expression. The combination of high medical needs and challenges to access to proper care may give rise to a self-inducing cycle of prejudice, stigmatization, risk exposure, and ultimately poor health outcomes. The situation in Canada Transgender access to health care continues to be a highly contentious topic in Canada, even as activists run out of new ways to get the people who can do something about it…

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