If this story is correct, Nova Scotians should be deeply, deeply embarrassed by their government:
A transgender man in Nova Scotia has filed a human rights complaint after he was handed a $3,400 bill for a hysterectomy that he claims was medically necessary.
“The gynecologist said I had two options to deal with the symptoms I was having. The first would be to take birth control to raise my estrogen levels but she ruled that out as an option because I take testosterone. I’m a man. And the second option was the abdominal hysterectomy, which was her suggestion.”
In October 2010, MacDonald went to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and had the operation.
He said after he woke up, his doctor gave him a bill for $3,400. He said he was stunned.
A week later, MacDonald said he discovered that MSI considered his operation sexual reassignment surgery.
“Once I got back home, I ended up having to take the staples out myself because no one could guarantee that the followup care would be covered as well,” he said.