US city plans to provide transgender surgeries

(AP)—San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

The city's Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their . The vote was announced Thursday.

The idea came out of conversations between and transgender rights advocates who wanted mastectomies, genital reconstructions and other surgeries covered under San Francisco's universal .

Public Health Director Barbara Garcia says the new transgender health initiative probably won't be running until late next year.

Her department needs to study how many people it would serve, how much it would cost and who would perform the surgeries.

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freethinking
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 09, 2012
Interesting that the government will pay for mentally disturbed people to mutilate their bodies, yet will not pay for diabetics to receive insulin.

All I can say is that those who voted for Obama will be the ones who suffer the most under his rule.