Gender Reassignment Surgery On The Rise

According to recent research from Johns Hopkins, more people are having gender reassignment surgery than before. One of the reasons is due to more insurance agencies covering the procedure. Between the year 2000 and 2014, research says that the number of procedures has quadrupled.

Another interesting fact is that no one has died from having the surgery that anatomically changes one’s gender. There are, however, critics who believe that the surgery is unsafe.

Until recently, there was little to no data on the number of people receiving the surgeries. According to Brandon D. Lau, the director of quality and research for the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, doctors were not checking gender identity.

People who transgender identify with the gender different than what they were born. A lot of transgender people choose to go through hormone therapy and various transformative surgeries to match how they feel on the inside.

More and More People Are Having Gender Reassignment Surgery

This new data comes from information from over 1,000 hospitals. Research teams had to look for medical codes detailing transsexualism or those with gender identity disorder. They also were looking at codes associated with having any gender reassignment surgeries.

Between the years 2000 and 2014, they were able to find 37,827 procedures on patients who identify with transsexualism or GID. Close to 11 percent of these different cases had gender reassignment surgery.

From 2000-2005, of those receiving the procedure, close to half paid for the surgery themselves. From 2006-2011 around 65 percent paid out of pocket for the surgery.

They also found that the Affordable Care Act made it so that those receiving the surgery were not discriminated against. So for 2014, a good 39 percent of folks paid for their own surgery while the rest were covered by their insurance.

Researchers say that many providers are uneasy about asking the gender identity of their patients. However, they hope this will change in the near future.