AMA Adopts Trans-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Policy – by Bob Roehr

The American Medical Association ( AMA ) amended its nondiscrimination policies to include transgender persons at the annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago, which ended on June 27.

The comprehensive change in policy affects all aspects of the functioning of the AMA, including relations with patients, employment issues and insurance coverage. It also will affect accreditation of medical schools.

The report recommending the changes noted that ?Transgender individuals face complex medical, psychological, and social issues. Within the health care system issues of discrimination and unique access barriers to important medical and social support services can occur.? This can lead to perceived and real discrimination against those individuals.