Two in three older LGBT people experience discrimination in healthcare

Written by on 17/05/2019

Two in three older LGBT+ people have faced discrimination or abuse in the healthcare system, discouraging them from seeking treatment.

The finding is part of a review of existing research commissioned by PinkNews Media Group ahead of its first-ever Ageing Summit to identify key issues relevant to older LGBT+ people in areas such as healthcare, social care, housing and financial services.

The summit, held on Tuesday (May 14) in London, will use the findings and recommendations of the review carried out by Aegon to form the basis of its discussion on issues facing older LGBT+ people—broadly understood to be those aged 50+.

Research has shown that, as well as encountering discrimination in healthcare, older LGBT+ people also face prejudice in residential, nursing and assisted care, leading them to either hide their sexuality or discard those options for their care.

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