Province to Fund Gender Reassignment Surgery

Health and Wellness

June 12, 2013 1:46 PM

Transgender Nova Scotians will soon have gender reassignment surgery funded by the province. Government committed today, June 12, that the surgery will be covered by MSI.

Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson said he came to the decision after reviewing the medical evidence and the policies of other provinces that fund this procedure.

"Based on the values and direction this government has taken on the issue, I am happy today to confirm funding for gender reassignment surgery," said Mr. Wilson. "This morning I met with members of the LBGTI community to communicate this decision.

"Last November, the province enshrined transgender rights in legislation. We don't permit others to discriminate against transgender people, and the funding of this surgery is an issue of dignity, and equality for transgender Nova Scotians. I have tremendous respect for the LGBTI community and would like to thank them for their activism on this issue."

Section 4.8 of the MSI Physician's Manual that prohibits funding for this surgery will be immediately removed.

Nova Scotia will be the eighth Canadian province to cover gender reassignment surgery.

"We were really happy to hear this commitment from the minister this morning," said Kevin Kindred, chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. "In our view, it is the logical next step from the amendments to the Human Rights Act that the government put in place late last year, and we look forward to working with the minister further on it."


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Transgender Nova Scotians will soon have gender reassignment

surgery funded by the province. Today, (June 12th) government

committed that it will be covered by MSI.

     Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson says he came to

the decision after reviewing medical evidence and policies of

other provinces that fund this procedure.

     The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project says it is pleased

with the decision.

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Media Contact: Tony Kiritsis
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