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More Americans Having Gender-Affirming Surgery

For the study, researchers examined information from a national U.S. database that includes 20 years of surgical records.

Almost 38,000 people sought help for gender dysphoria between 2000 and 2014. About 11% of these patients underwent surgery. However, the number increased four-fold during these years.

The researchers also looked at insurance and payment information for the surgeries. During the 2000-2005 period, about half the patients paid for their procedures themselves. In the 2006-2011 period, about 65% did so.

But the rate fell during the 2012-2014 period. In 2014, only 39% paid themselves; the rest had their procedures covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance.

“As coverage for these procedures increases, likely so will demand for qualified surgeons to perform them,” the study authors wrote.


HUB (Johns Hopkins University)

Tantibanchachai, Chanapa

“Study suggests gender-affirming surgeries are on the rise, along with insurance coverage”

(February 28, 2018)

JAMA Surgery

Canner, Joseph K., MHS, et al.

“Temporal Trends in Gender-Affirming Surgery Among Transgender Patients in the United States”

(Abstract. February 28, 2018)

Crandall, Marie, MD, MPH

“Trends of Gender-Affirming Surgery Among Transgender Patients in the United States”

(Invited commentary. February 28, 2018)

Washington Post

Nutt, Amy Ellis

“Transgender surgeries are on the rise, says first study of its kind”

(February 28, 2018)

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