Service New Brunswick
Services for transgender persons to be extended03 June 2016
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is moving forward with plans to make medically necessary gender-confirming surgeries an insured service in New Brunswick. It is also proceeding with plans to allow transgender individuals to change their birth certificates to match their gender identities.
“Transgender persons living in New Brunswick are facing challenges in life and in the health-care system,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Gender dysphoria is a recognized medical condition that, left untreated, can result in high levels of anxiety and depression, which can lead to suicidal thoughts. We acknowledge and thank the New Brunswick Transgender Health Network for working with our government to make this a reality.”
The provincial government will amend General Regulation 84-20 under the Medical Services Payment Act to make gender-confirming surgeries an insured service under Medicare.
“Gender-affirming surgery is a crucial part of a successful transition for many transgender people,” said Michelle Leard, of the New Brunswick Transgender Health Network and UBU Atlantic. “Today’s announcement will change the lives of transgender New Brunswickers who are presently facing challenging health, mental health and social situations. This was truly a collaborative effort, and I thank the government for this great news as these medically necessary procedures have been proven to improve health, well-being and quality of life.”
Service New Brunswick will introduce legislation this fall to amend the Vital Statistics Act to allow transgender individuals to change their birth certificates to match their gender identities.
“In meeting with members of the transgender community, I know how important it is for the provincial government to take these steps and I am pleased to move this important initiative forward,” said Ed Doherty, minister responsible for Service New Brunswick.