Nova Scotia now funds sex reassignment surgery

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As of April 1, Nova Scotia  will cover eight types of sex reassignment surgeries for residents.

"Transgender Nova Scotians face unique challenges in the health-care system, as they do in life," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine in a news release. "I hope this move will help those for whom sex reassignment surgery is an important part of their transition."

The change was announced in May 2013. 

"Gender confirming surgery is an important part of a successful transition for many transgender people. These are medically necessary procedures and have been proven to improve health, well-being and quality of life," said Kate Shewan, vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project.

"This government funding will make a challenging health and wellness situation a lot easier for Nova Scotians who require this surgery."

Nova Scotians who intend to access publicly funded sex reassignment surgery can start by talking to their family doctor. After that, they will work with their doctor and other health-care professionals to get any necessary counselling, and to develop a transition plan.

For more information on sex reassignment surgery in Nova Scotia, click here.

 If you are interested in sex reassignment surgery but do not have a family physician, Capital District Health Authority's prideHealth program maintains a list of physicians who provide respectful and welcoming care. 

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