Wednesday, May 14, 2008

George Smitherman Cares

Next time you have to wait for months to see a specialist in Ontario, or hours for care in an emergency ward, or years for a publicly paid family doctor to accept your application, take a deep breath of tolerance and diversity and think of the tormented victims who have to pay for a sex change out of their own pockets. Rest assured that while you are essentially denied the right to jump the queue, you do get *free* care. The trans community does not however currently enjoy this *right*.


Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman is upset by this injustice. Many of these victims of their body parts cannot afford the operation. Activists are quick to remind us that the inability to transform their bodies to fit their mental image results in depression, violence and even suicide. All the more reason for the government to reinstate funding for sex change operations.
Health Minister George Smitherman said Wednesday he has an obligation to consider the health of every resident in the province, and re-enlisting sex change operations is something the Ontario Human Rights Commission has repeatedly called for.

About 10 people a year in Ontario undergo the surgery, which would cost OHIP about $200,000. Smitherman said the figure can easily be covered in the government's $40-billion health care budget.

"It's something that's always been a matter of consideration for me," the minister said of having the government pay for the operation.

"As a representative for the riding of Toronto-Centre, I tend to know more of these (transgendered) folks than most other people would, so my level of awareness, I suppose, informs me perhaps a little more personally."

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo also says the surgery improves people's lives.

"It's a minority that suffers greatly -- they have a huge high rate of suicide, depression," DiNovo said.

"It's a community that's beset by violence. This is the trans life in our community and we should do everything we can to make their life easier." (CTV)
cp: The Broom

5 comments:

mariposa said...

So much f***ing intelligence shown by Smitherman.

Men - all men - have to pay for their PSA (which is a relatively inexpensive but eventually necessary test), but by all means, let's fund very expensive operations for a handful of people, so they can feel good about themselves and not resort to violence.

marginalizedactiondinosaur said...

I love that, in Manitoba If you want an abortion it's free, if you want in vitro fertilization because you have an actual health problem you can pay 10 grand per try. And theres a 10% chance it will work.

I'm not speculating on the connection betwixt free abortion and transgenderedness.

"It's a minority that suffers greatly -- they have a huge high rate of suicide, depression," DiNovo said.

So lets encourage it in youngsters. Not that many suicides though theres still some left.


"It's a community that's beset by violence. This is the trans life in our community and we should do everything we can to make their life easier." (CTV)

LOL were here were queer now were going to punch your lights out but be tolerant.

Honey Pot said...

In your view, should OHIP cover the cost of a sex change? -lfp

Yes 12%
No 88%


Total Votes for this Question: 245

Holly probably read this poll this morning and is crying in her whisky, but even he has to understand that it is cosmetic surgery. I'd like to get the fat sucked out of my ass cheeks for free too, but it ain't going to happen on the public dime.

mariposa said...

My husband recently went to get some blood work done at one of the labs here. He met a man in his seventies who was diagnosed with prostate cancer 6 months ago (and given 3 months to live at the time).

Prior to diagnosis, he'd been to see his GP for a checkup. His doctor had never mentioned sending him for a PSA. Three of this senior's buddies all had prostate cancer, so he went back to his doctor to see about getting this test. His doctor actually wondered why he was back again so soon.

Anyway, like I said, he got his PSA, was diagnosed with cancer, and given 3 months. He had 78 radiation treatments which destroyed his bowel, so they gave him a colostomy.

His symptoms prior to diagnosis: zero.

But Mr. Smitherman sees no need to fund PSA tests. He does see a need to help a tiny minority who want sex changes so they can feel at peace with themselves.

But I guess a test which can save men's lives is totally unnecessary and frivolous, so men have to pay for it. Now, it's a relatively inexpensive test ($30), but that's not the point. Why should a necessary test cost anything in our socialist healthcare system? I can get my PAP for free - why aren't men considered important enough? And why didn't this man's idiot doctor tell him to get a PSA long ago?

Enough of my rant. But to all you men - especially 45 and older - get a PSA. It's not definitive, but it could indicate a problem you're not aware of. And write your goddamn MPP and ask why this necessary test is not paid for in this province. (I think other provinces pay for it; BC and Ontario still refuse)

(BTW - I do realize that there is nothing in our socialist healthcare system that is actually free.)

mariposa said...

For a little comic relief, all from the UK (go figure):

Sex swap driving teacher fury

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news2/Sex-swap-driving-teacher-fury.4099748.jp

LOL - I had to read the story because I didn't know what a "sex swap" instructor was. My first thought was it had to do with spouse swapping.

Anyway...There's nowt as queer as folk.

And yet another shipment from the fruit of the month club (filed under "Never lend your car to this man"):

Man admits having sex with 1,000 cars

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-'having-sex'-with-1,000-cars.html

Maybe I'm a prude, but in my opinion he's rather promiscuous - 1,000 different cars seems excessive.