Hormone therapies on children: doctors' insurances start to run away

The risk of million-dollar claims by minors undergoing irreversible treatment who regret the 'affirmative therapy' is too high: this is why some insurance companies no longer feel like covering 'gender medicine' under their policies
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Those who resist the transition market of gender non-conforming girls and boys knows very well that almost always the turning point -as it was in the UK with Keira Bell and in the US with Chloe Cole-. is the lawsuit brought by a former child-o treated-o with blockers and hormones against the doctors who administered the 'therapy'The detransitioner's part is decisive.

Then the game becomes money against moneymoney collected by gender clinics versus the money they have to shell out to former patients. The game is no longer worth the candle because money never lies, and they don't give a damn about mainstream ideologies when these ideologies no longer yield.

The first to have their wrists shaking are the insurance companies selling policies to 'gender' doctors. Significant what is happening in Australiaof which the excellent Bernard Lane, where for several months MDA National - the second largest medical defence fund - has started to pull the oars. MDA mentioned "the high risk of claims arising from irreversible treatment provided to medical and surgical transitioners by children and adolescents'.. Although it has not yet occurred to MDA to have to deal with claims arising from gender medicine, by this time there had been reports of claims being made by other insurance agencies in Australia and overseas.

MDA members also expressed concern about the increasing pressure on general paediatricians to prescribe puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones to minors. Is ordinary informed consent sufficient for children, given the permanent effects of such treatments? MDA investigated the risk and concluded that it was unable to quantify it and stated that the best model for the assessment and treatment of children with gender-based distress is that of a multidisciplinary team supported by 'a major hospital'.

Instead the current version of the RCH guidelines -Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne-, while admitting that the multidisciplinary approach is 'the optimal model of care', states that "general paediatricians with sufficient experience and skill in initiating and monitoring hormone therapy may consider starting optimising hormone therapy for minors'. The RCH document makes no reference to the systematic reviews of the evidence that have been ongoing since 2019 in Finland, Sweden and England, independently undertaken reviews that have described the scientific basis for hormone treatment of minors as very weak and uncertain. Also the website TransHub of ACON, funded by the NSW (New South Wales) government states that "any family doctor is able to prescribe gender affirming hormones, therapy indicated for most people aged 16 years and over, without requiring the approval of a mental health professional or endocrinologist', so as to simplify and increase the number of accesses to 'affirmative therapy'.

Insurers apparently do not see it the same way: they have to put their hands in their pockets.

MARINA TERRAGNI

Bernard Lane writes about it here


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