Taxpayer Should Not Fund Sex Change Operations – Poll

Independent polling by Curia Market Research has found strong opposition to taxpayer funding of sex change procedures.

In the poll of 1,000 New Zealanders surveyed, respondents were asked “Do you think the taxpayer should fund surgery and hormone treatments for people who wish to change their sex?”

63% opposed taxpayer funding, 27% supported it, and a further 11% were unsure or refused to say.

The strongest opposition came from males, younger people, those in high deprivation areas, and NZ First & National voters.

Taxpayers seem to be strongly of the view that the health budget should be focused on hip operations, unilateral mastectomies, treatment of endometriosis, cardiovascular disease, and prostate cancer procedures, amongst others.

As stated in the recent reportChildren Transitioning: Childhood gender dysphoria – A paediatrician’s warning to New Zealand” written by Professor John Whitehall who is Foundation Chair and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney, there is no scientific evidence in medical literature to support the massive interventions of the medical pathway. To the contrary, there are multiple expressions of the need for evidence, and lamentations about its lack. The medical pathway is based only on ideology, and claims of ‘success’ reflect beliefs, not science. Even worse, these beliefs are not negotiable: they have become coercive. And the government appears to have become a victim of this ideology and its coercion.

The government recently lifted the cap on gender reassignment surgery. Under the previous National government, the state funded three male-to-female surgeries and one female-to-male every two years. Associate Health Minister and Green MP Julie Anne Genter announced that this will now be the minimum number of surgeries to be performed every two years.

New Zealand’s chief medical officer has said there were 111 people waiting for surgery: 84 male to female, and 27 female to male. Ministry of Health figures put the average cost of male-to-female surgery at $53,382, with individual surgeries costing between $25,587 at their lowest up to $81,975. The costs for female-to-male surgery are higher, averaging $218,892, with a range of $45,169 to $525,034.

The nationwide poll was carried out during December and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.




4 comments for “Taxpayer Should Not Fund Sex Change Operations – Poll

  1. Rae Powell
    3 June 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Taxpayers should not fund gender change it’s morally wrong especially as our hospitals are understaffed underfunded, our nursing staff overworked working long hours under duress, very little elective surgery done as trauma and emergency surgery takes priority. Whoever is proposing tax funded gender changes needs their head read, they’re either mentally unstable or stark raving mad or both.

  2. Katie
    3 June 2019 at 8:33 pm

    No taxpayer should have to pay for these operations. If they want to change their bodies then they should pay for it themselves. Its the same with any plastic surgery. If its not necessary for their health then they should pay for it

  3. Robert Jenkins
    3 June 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I may have the most sincere Christian belief & conviction but I could not expect the State to financially support my missionary endeavour, though I may find such support from those of similar belief or those who respect me personally.
    If I said to the State or anyone else that I had a RIGHT to such financial support for my conviction I would likely offend them, especialy those who were athiest, as I have no such Right; what obligation do they have to my conviction?
    Why should the State fund a sex change operation for me when the only basis to justify it is my sincerely held conviction and belief that I’m of a different sex/gender?
    Or will the State justify doing so on the basis its a risk to my emotional/mental health?

  4. Patricia Soemam
    3 June 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I agree sex change surgery should be paid by individual yhemselves

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