(Closed) NWR: Do you think gender reassignment surgery should be covered by insurance?

posted 6 years ago in LGBTQ
  • poll: Do you think gender reassignment surgery should be covered by insurance?
    Yes. : (159 votes)
    38 %
    No. : (239 votes)
    57 %
    Only if.... : (24 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 4
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t think it should be covered by health insurance because it’s not a procedure you get for your health.

    Post # 6
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @RahlyRah:  +1

    I think it should be covered. But I also know someone who would like the surgery.

    Post # 7
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Hmm, I voted no. But now I’m re-thinking that. My first instinct was to say that if it’s not medically necessary then it shouldn’t be covered. But then I realized that a lot of things to help with psychological, as opposed to physical, disorders are covered so why wouldn’t this be? If it covers anti-depressants  (depression being another thing covered in the DSM), it follows that treatment for this should be covered as well.


    Post # 8
    2748 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @RahlyRah:  I think people vote no because they either see it as some sort of choice and/or think it’s an “abomination”. This is the attitude I encounter when the topic comes up among friends. To be clear, I am not LGBTQ, so I don’t have any views based on experience. I do understand how terrible an existence some (most?) individuals with GID/GD live, and my heart goes out to them. 

    Post # 9
    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999
    Post # 10
    8590 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted “only if” with the reasoning that there should be some requirements in place before the surgery was performed (which I believe there is currently anyway? but I’m not sure). For example living as the opposite sex for a required amount of time, doing the hormones and/or whatever else the doctor would recommend in order to make the transition the most successful, seeing a counselor, etc.

    Post # 11
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @HisMoon:  I definitely don’t see it as a choice (who would choose to live in the wrong body?!), nor do I see it as an abomination, and I imagine it’s an awful disorder to live with. I just think of health insurance as something that should be used to keep people healthy. 

    Post # 12
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I voted no, but that is a hard choice for me to make.  However, there is a case in MA where a prisoner is asking the state to pay for the surgery – and I have a problem with that.  But that leads into my feeling that if you’re in prison, you lose some freedoms, and unnecessary surgery on the state’s dime is one of them.

    Post # 14
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Well I’m a huge advocate for LGBT issues but no I don’t think this surgery should be covered by insurance because it’s not medically necessary.  Even if gender dismorphia is a recognized disorder covering this sort of surgery is a very slippery slope.  It opens the door for people to claim that insurance should cover their liposuction or their breast lift because their appearance is causing them “mental strife.”


    Post # 15
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    @Westwood:  I voted “only if” too for these exact same reasons.

    Post # 16
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    ETA: Nevermind, I think the PP must have deleted her post 🙁

    Anyway, no, I don’t think it should be covered. I think it’s too slippery a slope, and opens the doors to people wanting other cosmetic surgeries to help their mental health in some way. I don’t think it’s an abomination, nor do I believe it’s a choice.

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