Healthcare Disadvantages and Discrepancies for LGBT Adults
By Gary J. Gates
LGBT adults are more likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to lack health insurance coverage (17.6% v. 13.2%, respectively). LGBT adults, particularly LGBT women, are more likely than non-LGBT individuals to report that they do not have a personal doctor. Among all adults, 29% of LGBT individuals did not have doctor compared to 21% of non-LGBT individuals. Among women, the gap was 29% for LGBT and 16% for non-LGBT. The difference in men was not significant. The differences in insurance coverage persist even when taking into account differences between LGBT and non-LGBT adults with regard to age, sex, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, state of residence, and population density. The analyses are based on more than 6,000 interviews with LGBT adults (aged 18 and older) and more than 166,000 interviews with non-LGBT adults conducted from June 2013 to June 2014 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. These Gallup data represent the largest survey of health and well-being that allows for identification of LGBT respondents.