Tag Archives: medicalization

Evaluating long term studies on the efficacy of “sex reassignment” procedures: objective versus subjective measurements

[Edited March 24, 2015] The success or failure of medical treatment can be evaluated in a variety of different ways. Objectively measurable criteria generally provide the most stable, repeatable, and transferable results. Subjectively measurable criteria, on the other hand, are more vulnerable to unconscious bias and manipulation. In the context of the “sex reassignment” procedures, […]

Activism to normalize gender transitioning now comes at children’s expense

It was recently announced that the Oregon Health Plan, which provides healthcare coverage to low-income residents of Oregon, will cover “medical care” for “transgender” children starting October 1, 2014. [1] The official text of the Oregon Health Plan guideline reads: “Hormone treatment is included on this line only for use in delaying the onset of […]

Insurance coverage and the medicalization of gender non-conformity, Part 2

[Ok, ok, it was more than a week. PART 1 is here. Pdf of the entire essay is here. In Oregon, the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (division) recently issued a comprehensive bulletin (INS 2012-01) about health insurance coverage of medical treatments for gender identity/gender dysphoria (GI/GD) (see discussion of meaning […]

Insurance coverage and the medicalization of gender non-conformity, Part 1

[This will be a two-part post. Check back next week and/or subscribe to the blog for the second installment. Full pdf here.] Insurance coverage of medical treatments for “sex changes” is very controversial. Medicaid coverage of gender identity related conditions is practically a legal field of study unto itself.[i]  Like the various definitions of “gender identity,” […]