Every individual deserves access to quality healthcare services, to feel seen and heard by providers, and to feel safe receiving the care they need. Unfortunately, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ are more likely to experience a number of health-related challenges and disparities often linked to stigma and discrimination[1].

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community experience health disparities in the areas of behavioral health, access to care, and physical health. They often have less access to healthcare, have worse health outcomes, and are at a higher risk of certain health conditions.

Here’s how home healthcare solutions can open up doors to accessible, equitable care and empower LGBTQIA+ patients to take control of their health.

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Differences in healthcare access

In 2016, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities identified the LGBTQIA+ community as a health disparity population [2]. There is a combination of factors that may contribute to LGBTQIA+ individuals not having equal access to essential medical services, such as screening tests.

LGBTQIA+ individuals have less access to the health care they need. They are less likely to have health insurance [3] and more likely to delay getting care, especially in older LGBTQIA+ adults [4]. According to LetsGetChecked’s Let’s Talk About Health Equity 2024 Report, 30% of LGBTQIA+ respondents canceled or missed a healthcare appointment due to cost in the past 12 months [5].

LGBTQIA+ individuals also report having negative experiences seeking medical care and are more likely to report poor care quality and unfair treatment by healthcare providers. This ranges from disrespectful treatment to a lack of cultural competence in the care of LGBTQIA+ patients and their unique health needs.

These negative experiences may lead some LGBTQIA+ individuals to conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity from providers or avoid seeking care completely. This can result in forgoing vital health screenings that could help identify health problems earlier when they’re more treatable.

Disparities in preventive care

Although there has been progress in helping the LGBTQIA+ community overcome health disparities, such as gaps in preventive care, there is still much work to be done. LGBTQIA+ patients still face various barriers to accessing preventive care, and their associations with negative healthcare experiences can contribute to avoiding preventive tests and screenings.

LGBTQIA+ patients are less likely to get screened for major health conditions like cancer, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. For example, 48% of LGBTQIA+ patients over 45 said their doctor has never brought up cancer screenings, even though they are at the recommended age for routine checks for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer [6].

While there are increased cancer risks among sexual and gender minority populations, those who identify as LGBTQIA+ are up to 25% less likely to undergo cancer screenings, such as colonoscopies, pap smears, and mammograms, compared to cisgender and straight counterparts [7].

Access to culturally competent and inclusive care can encourage more engagement with preventive care within the LGBTQIA+ community.

The role of home solutions in improving healthcare access

Inclusive and accessible care and higher screening rates are crucial to helping LGBTQIA+ patients engage in important preventive healthcare. Home healthcare solutions, such as telehealth and home sample collection kits, can help providers reach more vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations by addressing and reducing numerous barriers to care.

These home healthcare solutions can directly reach LGBTQIA+ patients safely and conveniently to increase access to care. Instead of engaging in healthcare in an environment that makes them uncomfortable, telehealth and home collection kits enable LGBTQIA+ patients to remain in the comfort and safety of home while seeking out crucial preventive care services on their own terms.

Home healthcare solutions are also helping healthcare providers reduce other barriers experienced by LGBTQIA+ people in terms of transportation costs, travel distance, traffic, and time constraints. By administering care using home healthcare solutions, providers can bring their services to their LGBTQIA+ patients, which encourages more preventive care use and lowers stress and fear associated with healthcare visits.

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  1. https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/browse-objectives/lgbt
  2. https://www.hhs.gov/programs/topic-sites/lgbtqi/reports/health-objectives-2016.html
  3. https://www.hrc.org/resources/the-lives-and-livelihoods-of-many-in-the-lgbtq-community-are-at-risk-amidst-covid-19-crisis
  4. https://www.sageusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/sageusa-the-facts-on-lgbt-aging.pdf
  5. https://www.letsgetchecked.com/health-equity/
  6. https://www.fiercepharma.com/marketing/despite-latest-outreach-efforts-lgbtq-patients-still-feel-misunderstood-pharma-survey
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10252104