This was the facebook post that stopped me from scrolling and had me raising an eyebrow. The post linked this change petition, which I took a look at so I could get a bit of an explanation on why they wanted something that is technically considered a cosmetic surgery to be covered under a health insurance plan.I am transgender and I deserve equal healthcare as anyone else.
To summarize the petition:
So I read that, and I'm still scratching my head. I could probably do a bit of research, but I thought I'd have a much more stimulating conversation about it here. Right now, my stance is neither for nor against...though there is a single question in mind: Is it truly required to switch your genitals to live a healthy, fulfilling life?The problem is, there are two different groups of chemicals: one causes the body/DNA to become male and the second causes the physical neuronal structure of the brain to become male. If a developing fetus is exposed to either set of chemicals without the other, the baby will be transgender.
Since males and females had different evolutionary purposes before the advent of modern society, different areas of their brains are more or less active - for example, men tend to process information visually and think in practical terms, while women tend to process information through reading/writing and think in abstract terms - and these varying levels of activity between lobes of the male and female brain can be readily observed by fMRI.
Health insurance providers should require nothing else to provide these suffering human beings with the surgical procedure that they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
I have heard Hormone Replacement Therapy can be covered under health insurance, but sometimes it can't. That's true with a lot of things, because health providers have the freedom to pick and choose what they want to cover. Is it really necessary to force HPs to cover a surgery that isn't really saving an endangered life but rather making them feel more fulfilled?
What about liposuction? There have been studies that have proven obesity can be hereditary, though I have never heard of HPs covering the procedure because it's considered cosmetic. And obesity is actually life threatening.
I would love to hear more opinions on this.
On a side note, I'm kind of annoyed with my friend for saying she deserves equal health care...she is getting it, and there are things that aren't covered for non-transgendered population as well as the transgendered.