From The Colonel’s Corner, Telegram
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami said on Sunday that it stopped accepting new patients to its gender program, and several pediatric clinics have either followed suit or have ceased prescribing puberty blockers and hormones for children, said Michael Haller, chief of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida.
“This is another example of politics interfering with the inviolability of the doctor-patient relationship,” Haller told the Tampa Bay Times in an email. “I expect to see additional situations in which patients are forced to seek care outside of our state.”
Some hospitals stopping treatment for transgender youth in Florida
In Tampa Bay, a child’s surgery was canceled. In Miami, a hospital stopped accepting new patients seeking care for gender dysphoria. It comes as Florida calls for a ban on such procedures.
It’s unclear how many children in Florida receive treatment for gender dysphoria. A report from the Agency for Health Care Administration shows Medicaid funding in 2021 paid for a dozen children to have surgery, 346, children to be treated with male hormones and 151 children to get female hormones.
Johns Hopkins Medicine continues to support all children, including transgender youth who have high risks of depression, anxiety and suicide,” spokesperson Danielle Caci told the Times in an email. “We support the American Academy of Pediatrics statement that all children should have access to evidence-based gender-affirming care at developmentally appropriate ages in order to reduce gender dysphoria and improve mental health.”
The boy had worn chest binders, a garment that flattens the chest, since seventh grade. The option of surgery was discussed between the boy, his parents, doctors and his psychiatrist for several years before he was approved for a double mastectomy. It was scheduled for June 6 at Tampa General Hospital with a plastic surgeon from the University of South Florida’s Plastic Surgery Department.
Three days before the operation, his mother was told by telephone that the surgery was being canceled. The day the procedure was supposed to take place, she attended a meeting at USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare on Davis Islands, emails provided to the Times show. Officials from both the plastic surgery department and Tampa General told the boy’s family they were concerned about reprisals from the state, the mother said.
The boy was “devastated,” his mother said.
The family traveled to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in July where the surgery was performed. While the boy was recovering, the family stayed in a room provided by the hospital, for which they paid just under $1,000. They also spent around $1,300 on plane tickets. Their private insurancecovered the surgery.
The boy’s surgery was performed by Loren Schechter, director of gender-affirmation surgery at Rush and a member of the executive committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
He said the hospital has recently treated about 20 patients from other states where transgender surgeries have been banned or restricted or have become more difficult to obtain. That includes several from Florida, he said.
Joshua Safer, executive director at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, said he has been speaking with another Florida family who wants to travel to his clinic for treatment for their child because planned appointments were canceled by their medical provider.
All this from the same Tampa Bay Times article. They are butthurt that a little girl, whose parents are fine with mutilating her, got cancelled. They are butt hurt our tax dollars aren’t funding this crap. Imagine being this horrifyingly evil.