A new guide – “The cost of gender re-assignment” by writer and campaigner on sexual rights, Jane Fae – is published today as rebuttal of increasingly inaccurate cost information provided by the UK national media in respect of this subject.
It concludes that for the vast majority of MtF trans people seeking treatment, who do not undergo surgery, the overall cost to the NHS is unlikely to exceed £1,000 over the person’s lifetime.
For those who do go on to seek surgery, the cost to the NHS is likely to be around £2,500 in respect of hormone and endocrine intervention and around a further £11,000 for the surgery (both figures aggregated over a twenty year period).
The corresponding figures for FtM transition are £15,000 and £50,000, due to the generally more complex nature of procedurex involved. However, the typical figure for the latter group is likely to be much closer to £20,000.
However, the guide also warns against sweeping generalisations in this area, putting forward a number of ways in which such figures should be treated.
The guide can be downloaded here.
It was compiled with assistance from the UK’s leading clinicians in the field as well as Trans Media Watch, a group dedicated to promoting positive coverage of trans issues in the media.
Note: The guide is published as a service to the trans community and researchers and journalists are invited to quote from it freely.
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