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Healthcare Equality Index: Decision-Making Policies

The LGBT community provides care for friends and loved ones at a higher rate than the general population. Due to a lack of relationship recognition for same-sex couples, the LGBT community is faced with barriers in the healthcare industry that can make the circumstances of care giving even more stressful. Several of these barriers are related to the rights of same-sex couples and same-sex parents to make medical decisions on behalf of their incapacitated partner or their minor children.

The Healthcare Equality Index focuses on two main policy areas related to medical decision-making:

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