(Ottawa) The number of surgical sex change operations increases every year in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), according to data obtained by
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Only one person had undergone such an operation during each of the years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. That number has gradually increased until last year, in 2014-2015, where we made six interventions.
Colonel Marc Bilodeau, director of medical policy in the CAF explains this increase by a greater tolerance within the organization as well as in society as a whole.
The FCC adopted a policy in 2010 entitled “transsexuals military management”, which aims to prevent discrimination and that frames the way these matters require.
“This opening Forces makes it perhaps be more people who are likely to make the process or make a request for the procedure,” says Bilodeau colonel.
This is a slight increase, but that compares to that observed in the general population, says the senior military. “It is a reflection of a society that is becoming more open to these phenomena and then these conditions there”, he said.
In Quebec, the number of patients who underwent a sex reassignment operation for roughly the same period also increased. It went from 16 in 2009-2010 to 149 in 2013-2014, before experiencing a slight decrease in 2014-2015, with 98 patients.
The costs associated with these operations are borne by the FCC, except those that fall in the “cosmetic surgery” category, Bilodeau says the Colonel. “We try to line up a lot on what the provinces are doing; I think it was five or six provinces that cover the surgeries. ”
These costs have increased since 2008-2009 course: they went from $ 18,000 for this year to $ 115,000 in 2013-2014. They declined slightly in 2014-2015, reaching $ 83,000, according to data obtained under the Access to Information Act.
15 CAF members have undergone gender change operations since 2008.
12 went from man to woman.
3 are passed from woman to man.
19 surgeries were performed in total (some have suffered more than one operation).
$ 318 756
Total cost of these operations
“This opening of the Forces made sure there perhaps more people are likely to make the process or make a request for the procedure. ”
– Marc Bilodeau, director of medical policy in the Canadian Armed Forces ”