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Health care use among gay, lesbian and bisexual Canadians

This article examines whether consultations with health care providers, not having a regular doctor, receipt of preventive screening tests, and unmet health care needs vary by sexual identity for Canadians aged 18 to 59. Results are based on the Canadian Community Health Survey, combined 2003 and 2005 data.

This research shows that lesbians are less likely than heterosexual women to have a regular source of care such as a family doctor, and more likely to report difficulties in access due to cost. Some gay men, lesbians and bisexuals have reported negative experiences with the health care system related to their sexuality, and, as a result, avoid or delay seeking care.

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