Rogers calls on government to improve access to gender affirming surgeries
Today in the House of Assembly, NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers questioned government on its regressive policies on the assessment procedure that approves funding for gender affirming surgery.
Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says NL is the only province left in Canada making it mandatory for trans people to have their assessments for gender affirming surgery done at CAMH in Toronto. Even Ontario does not require their trans people to go to CAMH for assessment. There is no longer any medical reason for assessments to be done out of province.
“The Minister of Health and Community Services has been promising to make changes to this regulation,” said Rogers. “I ask him, why is he dragging his feet on this?”
Rogers says requiring our trans people to go to CAMH creates unnecessary wait times, extra stress, and extra cost to individuals and the province. Several health care providers here are willing to do the assessments and are qualified as per criteria of the World Professional Association for Trans Health, the world standard for this work. The Minister has known this for years.
“I ask the Minister, will he commit to making all necessary changes to the Act so trans people can have assessments done in-province before this House closes?” Rogers said.
Rogers is also presenting a petition in the House of Assembly urging the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to improve access to gender affirming surgeries, and to:
• Develop an in-province assessment process for gender affirming surgeries that would eliminate the need for an assessment by CAMH as the sole referral option;
• Increase funding and coverage for gender affirming surgeries through MCP;
• Expand the types of surgeries covered to better reflect national standards.
For further information, contact Zaren Healey White, Director of Communications, NDP Caucus at 729-2137 (o), 693-9172 (c), or firstname.lastname@example.org.