I just wrote a blog post over on my mainstream blog on gay rights. (check it out if you are interested... www.sinclairinkspot.com/jesus-is-my-life-coach) which brings up some very interesting points in the medical field. Just what are the gay couple's rights in medicine. The short answer is, slim. Is this unfair? Well, yes, and no. Let's take a look.
To understand what rights gays do not have, you first need to understand what rights the rest of us have, and that is minimal. Unless the patient is a minor, your access to records, bills, insurance, or the patient is limited. If you are married and request to see your spouses records, can you? No. If you are married, or even living together, and say to your doctor, I think my boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/partner gave me (insert disease or condition) can you check their records for me? No. If your spouse is in the hospital and you want to see them, can you? Not if they say no - married or not. Family can get into the ER or ICU, but partners cannot. If you consider yourself family, just answer yes. Nobody will check ID's here.
As far as eligibility for a spouses insurance, can married people get group health insurance through your spouse? Yes. Can gays? Yes, if you are registered. Does it cost the same? No. Not in California anyway. Gays will pay more. Is this fair? No. Can it be fixed? Yes. Fix the healthcare and tax laws pertaining to the inequity. Does everyone deserve affordable healthcare. Yes, absolutely.
There are a lot of things about our society that are broken. Together, we can fix them. Write your congressman with your opinion and needs. Get them working for you and see where we can take this world together.
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A medical billing professional for over 30 years now, I have seen a lot of changes in this field, and there are a lot more on the horizon. Follow me as we see what they mean and for who.