6/13/2012 1:47:00 AM
The calls and letters are coming about the province deciding to once again fund gender reassignment surgery, while they plead poormouth about other procedures. I don't mind if the government pays for GRS. The concern is that while this type of elective operation will be covered, seemingly critical situations still are not. Pam writes about her husband. He has severe obstructive sleep apnea and needs a C-PAP machine or he could die. $2,300 every couple of years. Not covered. Laura needs an insulin pump, over six grand every few years and another 6 thousand a year to run it. Premier Redford said during the campaign that she would look at covering life-saving insulin pumps, but, nothing yet. Sandra tells me she has spent over $30,000 on foot arch operations, five major surgeries to keep her out of a wheelchair. Yet, her costs are not covered. So, you can pay or you can suffer or you can die, but there is no financial help from the province for ailments you did not choose. However, if you choose to change your gender, the province has tens of thousands of dollars with your name on it. Maybe, the ignored afflicted need to put on a parade and see if Premier Redford will come and smile on them. Let me know what you think.
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