The Trump administration today announced a final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that reversed a policy that had banned health care providers from discriminating against LGBTQ patients, women and others.
Below is a statement from the AMA:
Statement attributable to:
Susan R. Bailey, M.D.
President, American Medical Association
“Respect for the diversity of patients is a fundamental value of the medical profession and is reflected in long-standing AMA policy opposing discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a woman's decisions about pregnancy, including termination.
“The federal government should never make it more difficult for individuals to access health care—during a pandemic or any other time."
In a comment letter issued last year, the AMA noted, "This proposal marks the rare occasion in which a federal agency seeks to remove civil rights protections. It legitimizes unequal treatment of patients by not only providers, health care organizations, and insurers, but also by the government itself—and it will harm patients. Such policy should not be permitted by the U.S. government, let alone proposed by it.”
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