LOS ANGELES — A gay Southern California man took issue with being diagnosed with “homosexual behavior” during a routine physical earlier this year and complained about it to his health insurance carrier who apologized, NBC 4, a regional affiliate for the L.A. area, reported last week.
Matthew Moore said he had no issue with his sexual orientation being noted on his medical chart, but said listing it as a “chronic condition,” was offensive, the article said.
The Torrance Memorial Physician Network apologized to Moore in a letter and refunded his $30 copay.
“My jaw was on the floor. At first, I kind of laughed, I thought, ‘Here’s another way that gay people are lessened and made to feel less-than,’ and then as I thought about it and as I dealt with it, it angered me,” Moore told NBC4.
“If I was a 14-year-old in a small town in Indiana, where I’m from, and I had a doctor tell me or my parents that I was sick because they thought I was gay, it would’ve been very damaging,” he said.