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About the HEI 2019

Download the HEI 2019 Report [PDF]

2019 marks the 12th edition of the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the unique annual survey that promotes and encourages inclusive care for LGBTQ people in healthcare facilities across the United States.

A record 680 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey. This year, 406 of the 680 HEI 2019 survey respondents (60%) scored 100 points under the HEI 2019 Scoring Criteria and acheived the coveted status of "2019 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader."

In addition, the HEI 2019 includes ratings from nearly 1,000 hospitals that the HRC Foundation independently researched on behalf of LGBTQ patients to ascertain their existing policies. Unfortunately, we found that many hospitals do not have LGBTQ-inclusive patient and employment non-discrimination policies. To learn more about how we researched these facilities, see our summary from the HEI 2019 on how we obtained the information [PDF].

To learn more about LGBTQ patient-centered care and see how the more than 1,600 HEI 2019-rated facilities performed vis-a-vis recommendations for LGBTQ care, download a PDF of the HEI 2019 report, read a virtual copy of it below or request a print copy.