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Patient Non-Discrimination: LGBT-Inclusive Policy Statements from Healthcare Organizations

The following national healthcare organizations have passed supportive policy statements on patient non-discrimination inclusive of both "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."

American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • Physician assistants should not discriminate against classes or categories of patients in the delivery of needed health care. Such classes and categories include gender, color, creed, race, religion, age, ethnic or national origin, political beliefs, nature of illness, disability, socioeconomic status, physical stature, body size, gender identity, marital status, or sexual orientation.
    --Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession [www.aapa.org]

American Medical Association

  • Our AMA will encourage and work with state medical societies to provide a sample printed nondiscrimination policy suitable for framing, and encourage individual physicians to display for patient and staff awareness-as one example: "This office appreciates the diversity of human beings and does not discriminate based on race, age, religion, ability, marital status,sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity." (Res. 414, A-04; Modified: BOT Rep. 11, A-07)
    --AMA Policy Regarding Sexual Orientation [www.ama-assn.org]

American Medical Student Association

  • OPPOSES all public and private discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, including in:  medical school admissions, promotion and graduation; postgraduate placement; hospital staff appointments; licensure; availability of health services; and access to social welfare; (2008).
    --Principles Regarding Sexuality [www.amsa.org]

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • The patient-physician relationship: The welfare of the patient (beneficence) is central to all considerations in the patient-physician relationship. Included in this relationship is the obligation of physicians to respect the rights of patients, colleagues, and other health professionals. The respect for the right of individual patients to make their own choices about their health care (autonomy) is fundamental. The principle of justice requires strict avoidance of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, perceived gender, and any basis that would constitute illegal discrimination (justice).
    --Code of Professional Ethics [www.acog.org]

American Association of Family Physicians

  • The AAFP opposes all discrimination in any form, including but not limited to, that on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic affiliation, health, age, disability, economic status, body habitus or national origin. (1996) (2010 COD)
    --Discrimination, Patient [www.aafp.org]

American College of Healthcare Executives

  • ACHE works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability because an inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society. This priority is reflected in ACHE's various activities and initiatives.
    --Statement on Diversity [www.ache.org]

American Academy of Pediatrics

  • The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is “to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.” In support of this mission, therefore, the AAP is opposed to discrimination in the care of any patient on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, immigration status, or disability of the patient or patient's parent(s) or guardian(s).
    --Nondiscrimination in Pediatric Health Care [www.aap.org]