A new low in the politicalization of health care

On the morning of June 28, 2019 the Province of Nova Scotia sank to a new low in the politicalization of health care.

The Minister of Health announced that as of July 1st the government will cover breast augmentation surgery for transgender women in Nova Scotia.

No doubt using notes carefully prepared for him and vetted among public relations officers the Minister said and is quoted in press releases saying, “I can appreciate the distress transgender people can experience during their transition, and I thank those who have advocated for this change. We are now providing more support and more equitable coverage for transgender women.”

There was no mention of how many years people have advocated for this service. Nor an explanation for “why now?” The simple answer is: tokenism.

This is Pride Month, so jump on the inclusivity bandwagon to look caring and like you’re doing something for the LBGTQ community.

This is offensive.

People who have medical needs deserve to have those needs addressed asap. Decisions about and delivery of medical care should not be dependent on political opportunism and advantage. It cheapens government, governance and our trust in those who hold public office.

This type of opportunism and demeaning of trust in decision-making leaves a bad taste. What happens to people with other medical issues? Do they need a month and photo opportunity for government to consider them?

Legitimate medical needs should be addressed on the basis of that need and urgency for those afflicted, NOT for the political agenda of a government and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

I have no position on the need or urgency of this. I am offended by the political manipulation. This is a disingenuous initiative which should offend everyone.

For those who many benefit, information is here:


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2 Responses to A new low in the politicalization of health care

  1. ausca says:

    I agree totally, but that is how partisan politics works – attract credit, defect blame.

    More than individual politicians I suspect it’s self-serving political parties that are cultivating cynicism and disengagement among voters.

    I once asked Darrell Dexter if he could see some way that all parties could be persuaded to come together in the interests of the people to make public health care a cross-partisan issue. He thought for a second and replied “No. Absolutely not”. It’s always seen as a political liability for the government and a cudgel for the opposition.

    Meanwhile people are suffering and dying while the games continue.

    • Good summary. This is where social media and focus can undo the status quo.

      Two months ago the Scotland Editor for the BBC told a conference in Spain, “We are living through a crisis of trust. The era of authority is over. People are asking if the institutions they previously trusted have their best interests at heart.”

      There is an opportunity for change by challenging how, why and when things are done. This is one.

      Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment. My physician spent 15 minutes talking about his frustration with the NSHA and their misrepresentation of the facts. He knew many doctors who were ready and willing to practice in Nova Scotia, but the NSHA only offered them partial practices where they couldn’t earn enough to live.

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