GUELPH — Two-spirit, gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, bisexual, pansexual. These are terms family doctors, hospitals, retirement homes and long-term care facilities need to become familiar with and sensitive to the special needs of those who identify with them, because there is a wave coming, a Healthy Aging Forum heard this week.
An influx of Ontarians living with HIV and hepatitis C, and those who openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are approaching retirement age and they have complex social and health care needs. Their dignity and well-being in the latter stages of life, and within the health-care system, depend on equitable, fair and inclusive care, on sound knowledge and the elimination of prejudice — the kind of care that is not always afforded the LGBT community. Read more
"Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay nor an offence for which people should be penalised. but a misfortune. The cost of which should be shared by the commmunity. " ~Aneuryn Bevan. Founder of the NHS
"I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside."
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