Health Care

Free health care service from the Şişli Municipality

Source: “Şişli Belediyesi’nden LGBTİ’lere ücretsiz hizmet.” (“Public service from the Şişli Municipality.”) Radikal, 10 October 2014, http://www.radikal.com.tr/saglik/sisli_belediyesiden_lgbtilere_ucretsiz_hizmet-1218959

Şişli, Istanbul, Municipality initiated free health care services for the LGBTI communities. LGBTI individuals will be able to benefit from health care services for free and, if they would like to do so, using nicknames rather than disclosing their identities.  

For the first time in Turkey, Şişli Municipality in Istanbul began providing health care services for LGBTI communities. According to the announcement by Kaos GL, following meetings between Lambdaistanbul, SPoD, and the Şişli Municipality, which signed the “LGBTI Friendly Municipality Protocol,” the Municipality decided to provide health care services devoted to LGBTI individuals. 

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There are Obstacles to LGBT Patients’ Access to Health Care

Source: Kaos GL, “LGBT’lerin Sağlık Hizmetine Erişiminde Engeller Var” (“There are obstacles to LGBT patients’ access to health care,”) 28 January 2014, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=15698

Esin Polat, a student in Kaos GL Association’s “Criticism of Heterosexism and Alternative Policies” course in the Women’s Studies Program of the Ankara University, interviewed Cemal Hüseyin Güvercin M.D. about LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans) people’s experiences in accessing to health care.

Could you give some information about your specialty in public health and medical ethics?

Public Health, known also as community medicine, requires having a vision from a public health standpoint. Namely, it detects the diseases that make people sick, disabled or lead to death and also determines what causes them. It evaluates the loss of workforce based on the perspective of public health, while also promoting care for disadvantaged groups in society and defining them as groups at risk. The main goal of public health is not to find cures but to prevent illness and disease. Additionally, public health works interdisciplinarily in collaboration with other sectors in addition to the health sector. Medical ethics, on the other hand, is the field exploring moral issues in medicine and determining occupational ethics. Both public health and medical ethics are the social aspects of medicine.

What is your opinion about the problems experienced by LGBTs in access to health care?

LGBTs are at high risk of stigmatization in society and because of this sociological reality, they experience significant problems in accessing to health care.

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