About the HEI 2018

Download the HEI 2018 Report [PDF]

2018 marks the 11th 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 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey. This year, 418 of the 626 HEI 2018 survey respondents (67%) scored 100 points under the HEI 2018 Scoring Criteria and achieved the coveted status of "2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.

In addition, the HEI 2018 includes ratings from 901 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 2018 on how we obtained the information [PDF].

To learn more about LGBTQ patient-centered care and see how the more than 1,600 HEI 2018-rated facilities performed vis-a-vis recommendations for LGBTQ care, download a PDF of the HEI 2018 report, read a virtual copy of it below or request a print copy.