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Veterans Health Administration Transgender Healthcare Directive

June 2011 | National Center for Transgender Equality

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"This Directive is an important first step in securing equal access for transgender veterans, and healthcare access for transgender people generally, by setting an example of how healthcare providers in both the public and private sector should be treating transgender patients."

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has issued a Directive to all of its facilities establishing a policy of respectful delivery of healthcare to transgender and intersex veterans who are enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system or are otherwise eligible for VA care. This Q & A provides insight into what this Directive means.

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Maddy   September 11, 2011 at 1:07 AM
Yeah, but lets see the implementation. The directive says they'll help, but do the MEANS exist for the doctors and patients to give/get help? My primary probably wont prescribe hormones because they're outside her area of expertise and she risks a malpractice lawsuit should something happen because she prescribed something she's not familiar with.

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