Nova Scotia to cover gender change surgery -- HALIFAX - Nova Scotia will begin funding gender reassignment surgeries, provincial Health Minister David Wilson announced Wednesday, marking an about-face in the government's position.
It's the economic downturn that's happened in the country and impacts our province. Now we have to watch how we'll make our expenditures," she explained.
[Frances Ennis] added, she only opted for the "bare minimum" in terms of the available surgery. "You have to be fairly fortunate to be able to afford it," she said.
MANITOBA will cover the costs for some sex-reassignment surgeries when the procedure has been recommended by a recognized gender-identity clinic, usually the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. The province will provide a travel subsidy and pay for the CAMH assessment. With a CAMH recommendation, Manitoba Health will cover the following, locally performed, procedures:
Wells said the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is jubilant about the government's change of heart and credits Premier Alison Redford. Smith's party struggled with accusations of homophobia in the recent provincial election campaign, when a blog by candidate Allan Hunsperger surfaced saying homosexuals would burn in a lake of fire.
The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest, which charts the band's turbulent 20-year career; - Becoming Chaz, which looks at Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono's journey through gender reassignment; - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey sneaking behind the scenes at Sesame Street to reveal the inspirational story of a shy puppeteer; - The Bully Project, which spends a year on the front lines of the U.S.\n
There is also data from a U.S.-based pet insurance company that shows both dog and cat names are becoming more human in nature. The Dippers have dismissed a Health Department suggestion to completely fund the cost of sex reassignment surgery and all the related treatments and procedures.