Now there’s interesting…

I called the Star, who were very insistent that anything i had to say on the issue of grs costs was simply “opinion”.

However, they checked the story – presumably on some online system that supposedly checks where they got their various story inputs from – and told me that the figure of £60,000 for a sex change came directly from Cathy Ann Daniels.

Anyone out there know her? Anyone able to ask her to confirm whether or not she spoke with the press and if so, whether she gave out a figure for the cost of her transition?

Even so…add in oestrogen, testosterone-blockers, therapy and a bit of electrolysis and i can’t see how the total bill can go much in advance of £15,000 – though very happy to see any evidence to contradict this.

The newsdesk person then started to get a bit shirty…insisted on calling it “opinion”, whilst inserting various opinions of her own: i didn’t know what extra procedures had been required, whether there was any extra work, and so on.

She also did a bit of teaching granny to suck eggs: tried to “explain” to me what was involved in the grs procedure. A little bit about how complicated it all could be and how i couldn’t know what was involved in Cathy’s case.

All very plausible in principle. However, the remarkable similarity between the figure quoted in the Star and the same figure being quoted all over the web by other tabloids leaves me suspicious.

I’ve put a call in to Lancashire NHS to ask if they gave out a figure to the press – and also what they would regard as indicative costs for this procedure.

Meanwhile, i am left with an interesting dilemma. It IS possible that Cathy gave out a figure. If so, i’d be interested to know where on earth she got it from, since i didn’t think that the NHS was in the habit of telling patients what their treatment cost.

Alternatively – and this is quite serious if it is the case – the Star’s automated system of fact-checking is just a pile of poo. Because, of course, any and every databzase is only as good as the data that gets fed into it…and i can easily see how data indicating that the cost was based on a direct quote from the individual could, itself, be misconstrued within the system.

We’ll see. I remain spectacularly unconvinced that the press did get this figure off her…but if she did, that adds a whole new dimension to community foot-shooting.

jane
xx

6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Lucy Melford said,

    It’s possible that the £60,000 might represent ALL the transition costs, non-medical stuff included. If you chuck in everything that you could possibly end up paying for – hair removal, voice therapy, clothes, shoes, bags, other accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, hairdos, sundry counselling, necessary travelling, you name it, the total quickly gets astronomical.

    I think the notorious Charles Kane is supposed to have spent £60,000 (or was that $60,000?) on his basic costs, never mind what came afterwards in the way of ‘maintenance’.

    I myself have now so far spent over £40,000 on similar things during my self-funded transition, with two years of hair-removal still to go. If you add in consequential financial losses, and the cost of a girl-friendly new car, make that about £275,000. The tabloids would love to know that figure!

    Lucy

    • 2

      eclectic chicken said,

      at which point you are into the same spurious territory asthe sort of figures quoted for ‘bring up a child’. They always include such things as a fully kitted out nursery and nursery and after school care costs. Just nonsense.
      I could make a trip to my local library cost about £3000 (not just the taxi i’d need for the 15 minute walk but also the special book bag…the library going outfit etc etc)

      I’d say Cathy Daniels got asked something along the lines of
      ‘how much did your transition cost?’
      ‘dunno’
      ‘could it be as much as 60,000, which is the figure we’ve seen used?’
      ‘yeah i guess so’

      Its too much of a co-incidence that its THAT figure and its been in circulation such a relatively short time as per janes mythgenesis post.

      • 3

        ThiaJ said,

        Only £3000? You cheapskate! Surely you’d buy a Lamborghini for your library trips, wouldn’t you? I see the Aventador is quoted at £242,280…

  2. 4

    Andi Carla said,

    A figure of 50,000 pounds is often quoted in references to Kate Craig-Wood e.g. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5734948/Award-winning-female-manager-was-born-a-man.html

    In this reference the figure is quoted in respect of “sex-change” but I have always assumed it included major FFS, probably in the US, so is not comparable but helps maintain the confusion.

  3. 5

    Shirley Anne said,

    Yes, it is one thing quoting actual surgeons/staffs fees but another quoting real life fees as Lucy says but that is not the cost to the NHS. Newspapers will always get it wrong.

    Shirley Anne xxx

  4. 6

    kerri said,

    I am not commenting on the article above i got stuck on the lines “”teaching granny to suck eggs”‘,,lol,,,you have got to be joking, what a brainless twit of a woman,,as if you wouldnt know whats involved, in grs procedure,,i hope you were patronising to her,,because thats all the dim wit of a woman deserves,,some people..doesnt she know who you are???


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