Advocates say some female veterans have experienced sexual trauma and are not comfortable with a male doctor.READ MORE: Blackface Costume Controversy Hits N.J. Town Of Lakewood
“We just feel like providing them with a safe and comfortable environment for their most personal of health care is important,” Navy veteran Cathie Norton Doherty said.READ MORE: Long Island Community Comes Together To Help Beloved Ceramics Shop Facing $87,000 Lawsuit From Landlord
“The simplest fix to this problem is to provide our female veterans with access to a female gynecologist. The least we can do for our female veterans is provide them access to the health care they deserve,” Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland said.
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A spokesperson says if a patient wants to see a female doctor, they will help find a physician that is out of network.