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Dermatol Clin. 2020 Apr;38(2):201-207. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2019.10.004. Epub 2019 Nov 23.

Update on Medical Education, Insurance Coverage, and Health Care Policy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersexual, and Asexual Patients.

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Bellevue Dermatology Clinic, 1810 116th Avenue Northeast #100, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA. Electronic address:


There are important gaps in LGBTQIA knowledge, clinical competency, and cultural sensitivity, as well as attitudes among health care professionals, medical educators, and those in the public and insurance policy sectors. These are not only professional deficiencies but also perpetuate discrimination, limit access to health care, and lead to poor health outcomes. Research supports the notion that acquiring skills and knowledge through dedicated training programs leads to more compassionate and competent care for LGBTQIA patients.


Health care policy; Insurance coverage; LGBTQIA; Medical education


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