Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

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  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    June 3, 2014 8:53 p.m.

    @Tekakaromatagi: "They aren't going to die if they don't get the operation."

    Overall suicide attempts for transgender and gender-non-conforming people runs over 40%. For those who are unable to get medical care or who have been abused by medical providers the rate is as high as 60%.

    Depression and self-harm from not having access to hormone therapy and appropriate medical and surgical treatments is equally high.

    Yes, they may very well die from not being able to get medical treatment, including surgery in some cases.

    Receiving the proper care is far cheaper for society than the drain caused by not having care. Trans individuals who are ostracized from society and denied medical care have a lot of problems. They end up unemployed, often homeless, may go in to addiction. All of that costs society.

    Those who have the resources to get medical treatment and surgery as needed are generally happier and more productive and are able to contribute to society at a far greater rate than the cost of their care.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    June 3, 2014 4:30 p.m.

    @ Ranch - Here, UT - "You people have no sense of empathy."


    We "people" have common sense and truth.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    June 3, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    People with too much month and not enough paycheck are being taxed to pay for this. The people who support this have no empathy for their sacrifices.

    They aren't going to die if they don't get the operation.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    June 2, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    @Laura Bilington;

    No, not really.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    June 2, 2014 5:34 a.m.

    DN also currently has a story on "therapy" for those "struggling with SSA." I wonder why Medicare doesn't cover it?

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    @Christopher B
    "or a man who thinks he's a dog into a dog. "

    Or a man who thinks he can prognosticate BYU games into a man who can prognosticate BYU games.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 31, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    This is not about voting.

    The decision was made by an appeals board that considers current medical treatments and standards of care and makes decisions based on medical science, not popular opinion.

    This care is not useless, it is life saving for those who need it. A case could be made for almost every kind of care being "useless," depending on who is doing the accounting.

  • Constitutionalist South Jordan, UT
    May 31, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    I seriously doubt that the majority of Americans would want their tax dollars to go toward this type of procedure. So why are these same Americans so willing to just vote for a pretty face, without finding out how that pretty face will vote when in power?

    We get these kinds of burdens put on us, to have our tax dollars used for the most useless types of purposes, when we just vote for a pretty face or a clever sounding name.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 31, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    Some places to be informed.

    Chaz Bono's light, but ultimately honest, book.

    Jason Cromwell's meticulously researched "FTMs and Transmen" looking at female to male experience through history and across societies, and the rules societies make around gender.

    Cardiologist Dr. Becky Allison's webpage. Especially her "old blog" telling about her transition.

    Jennifer Finney Boylan's writing on being a trans woman. And the rest of her essays because she's an outstanding writer.

    The documentary – not movie – "Southern comfort," and the documentary "Trans America."

    Jamison Green's "Self-Made Man." "My Husband Betty" by Helen Boyd.

    Read and watch the stories of real people. Then come back and make comments about flying purple dinosaurs.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 31, 2014 5:08 a.m.

    I've spent hundreds of hours with transgender people socially and in healthcare situations, as a provider and as an advocate during care.

    This is a good thing. Straightforward treatment and care will eliminate years of patchwork care that often harms rather than helps this population. It is also a strong first step into changing the attitude of healthcare workers at every level. The prejudicial attitudes, like some expressed above, often are taken out on trans people when they seek any type of healthcare. This means they put off care for other health issues until the problems have become extreme or emergency. There Cariston much more expensive and complicated.

    Why should taxpayers pay for it? I could say that about any service offered through Medicare or Medicaid. Why should taxpayers pay for the elderly to be in nursing homes? The real question is will the services help this population so that they can become more productive in society in general? Based on my experience with a lot of transgendered people: yes, it will help them in many ways.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    May 30, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Ranch---seriously, did you expect otherwise?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 4:12 p.m.


    Unless you're willing to pay for doctors to transform me into a flying purple dinosaur if that is what I feel I am, you'll get no sympathy for the cries of "discrimination" from me.

    And men should only be in mens locker rooms. If I think or say I am a woman, that doesn't immediately erase the reasons I shouldn't be in a ladies rocker room

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    what kind of quackery says this type of mutilation is medically necessary?

    I guess that is just another hallmark of liberalism - you don't need to overcome problems, just accept them and let society pay to help you cope.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    And to think that there are those who have been jailed for non-payment of taxes. It is not the tax payers' job to pay for sex change surgery. The ones who should be in jail are the ones who steal taxes from everyone for this.

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    May 30, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    Very good news. Transgender people have enough to deal with both in institutional discrimination as well as societal disapproval. If it is easier for some of them to receive the medical care they need, then so much the better.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:16 p.m.

    You people have no sense of empathy.

  • Liberal Today Murray, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Hooray! I have always wanted pointed ears so I can look like the Vulcan I am. This is a step in the right direction so I can the points on my ears added so I can look like who I am!

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    May 30, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    A "reassignment surgery" can no more turn a man to a woman or vice versa than it can turn a man who thinks he's a flying purple dinosaur into a flying purple dinosaur.

    Or a man who thinks he's barack Obama into barack Obama

    or a man who thinks he's a dog into a dog. ABC did a story not too long ago on a man who thinks and behaves like a dog because that's how he feels. Does it make him a dog?


    These people are really just confused.

    A man in a dress is a man in a dress
    A man who asked a doctor to alter his appearance is a man who asked a doctor to alter his appearance.