Doctors Refuse to Treat Trans Patients More Often Than You Think

  • metta

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    Jan 31, 2018 4:32 PM GMT
    Doctors Refuse to Treat Trans Patients More Often Than You Think


    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5vwgg/doctors-refuse-to-treat-trans-patients-more-often-than-you-think
  • metta

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    Jan 31, 2018 4:46 PM GMT
    How trans kids and their parents are deciding when to start medical transition

    "I come from a really large Southern Republican Christian family. All of my friends were in ministry, strong devout Christians, straight ticket Republicans, like I was. So we immediately started losing nearly every friend and every close and meaningful relationship that we ever had."

    "How does it feel to lose 90% of your family because your child is transgender?"

    "It feels lonely! You feel like you're in the fight of your life to save your child. And the people that have been in your life they leave you on the battlefield alone."

    https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/inside-the-lives-of-transgender-children/5a564a36177dd4404f7f2661





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    Jan 31, 2018 6:33 PM GMT
    metta saidHow trans kids and their parents are deciding when to start medical transition

    "I come from a really large Southern Republican Christian family. All of my friends were in ministry, strong devout Christians, straight ticket Republicans, like I was. So we immediately started losing nearly every friend and every close and meaningful relationship that we ever had."

    "How does it feel to lose 90% of your family because your child is transgender?"

    "It feels lonely! You feel like you're in the fight of your life to save your child. And the people that have been in your life they leave you on the battlefield alone."

    https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/inside-the-lives-of-transgender-children/5a564a36177dd4404f7f2661


    Sounds like her "close relationships" were not that "meaningful" after all. She might do well to lose her religion, and find another one.
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    Jan 31, 2018 10:17 PM GMT
    Duh, use a doctor who specializes in what you need to have treated. I wouldn't have an orthopedist treat my asthma.
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    Feb 01, 2018 12:23 AM GMT
    I am a general surgeon and work in a very rural part of northern NY. I am trained in how to do mastectomies on women for cancer. I am not trained in how to do a trans* man’s ‘top’ surgery. I would refuse to do such a surgery. That is not evidence of anti-trans* bias on my part, but of good medicine. No doctor can get and maintain competency in all aspects of care for all patients. Sending a trans* patient to a specialist is no different than my sending a patient to a neurosurgeon to have their brain tumour operated on.

    The study she cites doesn’t survey healthcare workers, only lgbt patients. I’m sure some of them have faced actual discrimination. I just don’t think it’s as many as claim they have- their perceptions don’t necessarily line up with reality. I don’t have the skills to do trans surgery. And working where I do, I will rarely if ever have need of them. So why should I try and obtain them when I can refer a patient to someone else who DOES have those skills?
  • barefootlover

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    Feb 01, 2018 12:59 AM GMT
    There are a lot of doctors that don't treat all patients because they have no training or education in that area. You have to find doctors that specialize in the treatment you want.
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    Feb 01, 2018 3:49 AM GMT
    Maybe they should think about that before butchering their body to death and pumping themselves full of hormones. And then they have the nerve to be shocked that doctors don't know how to help them.
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    Feb 01, 2018 10:44 PM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidI am a general surgeon and work in a very rural part of northern NY. I am trained in how to do mastectomies on women for cancer. I am not trained in how to do a trans* man’s ‘top’ surgery. I would refuse to do such a surgery.


    https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/inside-the-lives-of-transgender-children/5a564a36177dd4404f7f2661

    And no one would expect you to gender reassignment surgery - which is highly specialized, and no patient should expect to obtain it anywhere except in major medical (probably university) centers. No one would expect you to do brain surgery or perform heart transplants, either. However the woman above was complaining about the inability to get proper administration of hormone shots - which does not involve any surgery, and were presumably prescribed by whatever principal physician she was seeing.
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    Feb 02, 2018 4:38 AM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    Wyndahoi saidI am a general surgeon and work in a very rural part of northern NY. I am trained in how to do mastectomies on women for cancer. I am not trained in how to do a trans* man’s ‘top’ surgery. I would refuse to do such a surgery.


    https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/inside-the-lives-of-transgender-children/5a564a36177dd4404f7f2661

    And no one would expect you to gender reassignment surgery - which is highly specialized, and no patient should expect to obtain it anywhere except in major medical (probably university) centers. No one would expect you to do brain surgery or perform heart transplants, either. However the woman above was complaining about the inability to get proper administration of hormone shots - which does not involve any surgery, and were presumably prescribed by whatever principal physician she was seeing.


    Your average primary care doctor in a small town is no more familiar with hormonal transition than I am with gender confirmation surgery.
    It’s hard enough to find one who is familiar with a gay man’s health issues!
    The title of the article is a bit misleading. Doctors aren’t refusing to take care of trans* patients out of maliciousness. Referring a patient to a larger centre for specialized care is good medicine, if sometimes inconvenient for the patient.