The Saskatchewan government is examining the expansion of access to out of province gender reassignment procedures.
At current moment, the Ministry of Health is interested in increasing the number of physicians to serve as recognized authorities.
As of time of publication, there’s only six active authorities in the province, one of whom is out on maternity leave.
“We feel by actively pursuing additional recognized authorities that we’ll help people with access to those services,” said Ministry spokesman Gord Tweed.
Gender-reassignment surgery describes a number of procedures done to change the sexual characteristic of transgender persons.
Tweed noted this isn’t a timeline related matter.
“It’s a process that we’re interested in, in terms of improving services to the people of Saskatchewan.”
This is a move that’s welcomed by many in government, including the Saskatchewan NDP’s Vicki Mowat.
Currently, the biggest issue to be addressed in this matter is that of wait times.
“We’re talking about have to wait for over two years to get into see one person. I think most people can agree that that would have implications on your mental health.”
Mowat further states there’s a clear argument for transgender persons being required to have care.