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Most US hospitals lack a non-discrimination policy for same sex partners

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 14 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3189
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Most US hospitals don’t have a non-discrimination policy giving same sex partners the same visiting and decision making rights as married partners, a survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation shows (

    The foundation’s survey of a representative sample of US hospitals found that 93% “do not have fully inclusive policies toward LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender] people and 42% don’t include ‘sexual orientation’ in their Patients’ Bill of Rights/non-discrimination policy.”

    On 15 April President Barack Obama issued a memorandum calling on US hospitals …

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