In an article dated October 16, 2016, Eli Oberman, a transgender man discusses the social and medical difficulties he faced when diagnosed with breast cancer, including discrimination by health care providers. There are roughly 1.4 million transgender individuals in the United States and only recently has the federal government lifted the ban on Medicare coverage for transgender healthcare. New York State lifted a similar ban under its Medicaid program. However, there is still a lack of trust in health care providers among the transgender community, and a lack of knowledge of transgender health care needs among the medical community, that create barriers to accessing much needed health care.
From NYTimes.com, “Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Trans People Face Care Gaps”
Excerpt from article:
During one procedure, when Mr. Oberman had his shirt off, a male technician, seeing that he was transgender, exclaimed: “Why would you do this to yourself? It’s disgusting.”