Barriers to healthcare: are they real?

doctors19

(Unsplash, 2019)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Ana Laura Dutra Queruz, a 18 years old and a second year medical student from Brazil . She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


Historically, there was always a lack of equality when we discuss diverse communities rights. LGBT+ community has been fighting against discrimination in work, school, and even at home.

Thousands of homosexuals and transsexuals die every day victims of homophobia, die all around the world, exposed to the cruelty of prejudice. Homosexual sexual orientation has been treated for decades as a mental illness, a fact that promotes prejudice and, often, restriction of care to these people, in addition to the exposure to life risks.

Recognizing the negative impact of discrimination in any sphere of our society, we should aim to end it and to provide a comprehensive health care to this diverse group.

Individual, cultural, religious or even personal beliefs affect patient’s when it’s time to talk about themselves. For many times being discriminated and for others making LGBT+ people feel ashamed for who they are, they end up feeling uncomfortable and fearing stigmatic treatment. Hiding information from the physician for feeling negatively judged collaborates with the building of a barrier to access appropriate healthcare.

The walls built from prejudice and judgment are consequences of the absence of insertion of the theme in preventive campaigns that target this population, added to the lack of permanent and continuous education of health professionals.This walls made from the patients feelings and the prejudice from many professionals directly affect diagnosis and prognosis of infirmities.

Constituting any vulnerable community, such as the LGBTQI, configurates a social determinant of health, as the universalization of access to health care confronts lgbtphobia all around the world. The existence of specific health issues and vulnerabilities, including mental health affections such as chronic stress caused by social exclusion feelings, express the need of medical professionals that are able to incorporate inclusive and sensitive language.

Aiming to provide safe environments to diverse communities, it is a must to disseminate knowledge of principles and normalizing manners to respect individuality in medical care. Educational programs should have the goal to optimize quality and effectiveness of LGBT health care, even promoting focused health centers and professionals.

Many countries promote public healthcare directed to vulnerable populations, such as Brazil has established an ordinance of National Policy of Integral Health for LGBT people in 2011¹. Although there are policies addressed to eliminate inequities and inequalities for them, there is still a long pathway to pass through to end the prejudice.

The comprehension about sexuality and that this communities health demands specific and humanized attention, allows the understanding of the reality in which these subjects are inserted, and that prejudice affects and promote illness for the ones that feel excluded. Finally, it is important to emphasize that during medical formation, students should look forward to end stigmatic treatment in subjects such as sexuality, being prepared to encourage and facilitate patients opening.

References

1 – BRAZIL. MINISTRY OF HUMAN RIGHTS. . Guidance on diversity. 2018. Available at: <https://www.mdh.gov.br/todas-as-noticias/2018/de Dezembro/ministerio-lanca-manual-orientador-de-diversidade/copy_of_ManualLGBTDIGITAL.pdf>. Accessed on: 24 Jun. 2019.

About the author

Ana Laura Dutra Queruz is 18 years old and a second year medical student. Currently, she is a member and analyst of Scientific Research by IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar and a member of the Academic League of Oncology and Hematology (LAMAOH). Interested in health and how it is affected, she really likes politics, social actions and aims scientific development . She has been improving her learning and skills to disseminate her knowledgement and possibly helping community.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

How technology can help India breathe more easily

Here are 4 of the most politically charged World Cup games ever played

Germany openly seeks more advantages for its banks

My ‘’cultural’’ contacts with China

UN programme to help spare millions from child marriage, extended to 2023

European Commission increases support for the EU’s beekeeping sector

MEPs oppose EU Commission plans to authorise three herbicide-resistant GMOs

Australia’s bushfires have pumped out half a year’s CO2 emissions

New rules on drivers’ working conditions and fair competition in road transport

Coronavirus update: COVID-19 likely to cost economy $1 trillion during 2020, says UN trade agency

Global Report on Food Crises reveals scope of food crises as COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries

Cities will lead the electric transport revolution. Here’s why

UK must end ‘unlawful’ administration of Chagos Archipelago ‘as rapidly as possible,’ top UN court rules

Multiculturalism, social diversity and tolerance

European banking stress tests 2014: A more adverse approach for a shorter banking sector

Do not take the EP’s consent on MFF for granted, says Budget Committee Chair

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN: Elections serve up food for thought, for Afghan youth

Real EU unemployment rate at 10.2%+4.1%+4.7%: Eurostat Update

Stricter rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

How do we build a #sustainableworld?

GSMA Announces New Speakers for Mobile 360 Series – Middle East and North Africa

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

Which country offers the cheapest mobile data?

We’ve lost 60% of wildlife in less than 50 years

How cultural understanding can help in the cultural shock

‘Reasons to hope’ for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN Mission chief

What meat consumption has brought to the environment and how herbal diets can help human health

‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

EU budget: Will Germany alone manage Britain’s gap?

‘Continue working together’ UN chief urges DR Congo, as country heads to polls

EU Border and Coast Guard: new corps of 10 000 border and coast guards by 2027

GSMA Mobile 360: Connecting Cities, Connecting Lives, Connecting Europe

COVID-19: What to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 6 April

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

Revolutionary technologies will drive African prosperity – this is why

Trump denies climate change existence while Paris Agreement is not fully supported by G20 ahead of COP24

EU elections 2019: Rise of nationalist trends and populism in Europe challenges the EU edifice

How listening to patients could change the way we tackle cancer

Privatization as a symptom of health inequity

Eurozone cannot endure any longer youth marginalisation

Mental Health: Role of the individual for their well-being in the pandemic

Youth platforms call on German Government to break down legal barriers for young volunteers and pupils

These dogs can smell tree disease – and could help save the world’s orange groves

Far more needed to ‘confront the world’s climate emergency’, UN chief tells ASEAN Summit

New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000

UN report on Syria conflict highlights inhumane detention of women and children

The eyes of Brazil and the world turn to the largest rainforest and largest biodiversity reserve on Earth #PrayForAmazonia.

Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives

IMF: The global economy keeps growing except Eurozone

Factory workers are facing a mental health crisis. Here’s how to respond

It’s Time to Disrupt Europe, Digital First

Why are wildfires getting worse?

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

A money laundering case on Vatican Bank’s road to renovation

Further reforms will move Slovakia toward a more innovative and inclusive society

Coronavirus makes inequality a public health issue

Europe united in not supporting a US attack on Syria

How to create responsible supply chains in the age of globalization 4.0

European Youth Forum @ European Business Summit 2015: Why interns should matter to business

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s