Vice News published an article that claims transgender persons who are awaiting “gender reassignment” surgeries are outraged after discovering that doctors and hospitals consider such surgeries “non-essential” and will be postponing them indefinitely in order to better prepare for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients needing hospital beds and critical care.
Across the country, hospitals have cut down dramatically on the number of scheduled “non-essential” surgical procedures, urging patients to reschedule elective surgeries, procedures that can be delayed, and even dental procedures, so that hospitals can keep beds free and preserve equipment, should they be hit with a wave of patients infected with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services, in partnership with the White House, has asked that such procedures be delayed during the coronavirus outbreak.
“Gender reassignment” surgeries are considered elective surgeries and, because a transgender individual’s immediate health is not in danger if such procedures are slightly delayed, they are among the “non-essential” procedures being rescheduled.
Naturally, many transpersons are mightily mad.
“This underscores a common experience amongst trans people seeking medical care or surgery: Research has suggested that gender-affirming surgery, in particular, has a notable and long-term impact on mental health, but far too often, trans people already wait far longer than is safe or healthy for this care,” VICE noted. “Further delays can be dangerous and even life-threatening.”
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