A North Carolina woman made a shocking discovery during a visit to a medical facility: Her physician listed “lesbianism” as one of her “medical problems.”
Fearing she had low iron levels, Kristina Rodriguez went to Lake Park Family Practice of Carolinas Healthcare System to get some routine blood screenings. After getting screened, she picked up her medical chart and found her doctor had listed “lesbianism” among her reported medical problems.
Once Rodriguez complained, both the physician and the director of Lake Park Family Practice contacted her. The health care system’s leadership reportedly offered to change lesbianism to her sexual orientation instead.
“It’s 2017. It’s very normal for people to have a same-sex partner,” Rodriguez told reporters. “This listed as a medical problem could really set someone back, could mess with their self-esteem and could make them think something is wrong with them,” she said.
Carolina Healthcare System told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it was aware of Rodriguez’s complaint.
“This is not an appropriate clinical diagnoses, and we are actively investigating how this information was included. Carolinas HealthCare System strongly supports diversity and inclusion in all its interactions with patients, the public and our teammates, including creating an affirming environment for LGBT patients and their families,” Carolina Health Care System officials said in a statement.
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