With the uptick in recent years of transgender people coming out and being who they are, the need for medical professionals that won’t outright reject us is greater than ever. I spotted this article last week, and it encourages me. When I had my surgical work, in 2011, there were only a tiny handful of surgeons in the US that would do the work, and surgeons that would, frequently had difficulty finding hospitals that would allow the surgery to proceed. Philadelphia seems to be turning into a bit of a hub for such things.
The medical part of transition is breathtakingly expensive, and few insurance plans will cover it, even though, mathematically, there’s really no reason they shouldn’t. They’ll pay for bypass after bypass after bypass, at tens of thousands of dollars a shot, but a once-in-a-lifetime, carefully planned surgery that will dramatically improve a transperson’s life, they’ll not only tell you no, but until the Affordable Care Act, they’d then use being transgender as an excuse–“pre-existing condition”–to eject you from any plan you tried to get on for anything.
Why? The same old tune: bigotry, and lack of education. The same reason I’ve had trouble finding a general practitioner ever since 2010, as do a great many of my trans brothers and sisters.
We’ve gotta get past this, sooner or later…don’t we?