On November 6, 2015 Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced proposed changes that will expand access to referrals for sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) in Ontario. Current regulations restrict the assessment necessary to access insured SRS to CAMH’s Adult Gender Identity Clinic. The proposed changes will allow other qualified health professionals across the province to do these assessments according to international standards.
CAMH welcomes this announcement as an excellent first step toward improving healthcare for transgender people in Ontario. CAMH has always supported the expansion of assessments sites as it will allow individuals seeking SRS to receive the right care and supports no matter where they live.
CAMH’s Adult Gender Identity Clinic team
While this is an exciting and transformational announcement, the changes are not immediate. The proposed amendments are posted for consultation for a 45 day period. The input received through the consultation will then be reviewed by the ministry and final approval will be sought for the proposed changes. If approved, it is expected that the amendments will be effective in early 2016. From that point we anticipate it will take several months for service capacity to be enhanced. CAMH is working collaboratively with our partners on building system and service capacity.
People currently on the CAMH waiting list are advised to keep their place on the list and their appointments as scheduled until such time as the new service capacity is in place. We will continue to communicate with CAMH clients as more information becomes available and we look forward to working with government and our partners on improving access to care for transgender people in Ontario.