The land “Down Under” is really down under!!

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    Is it worth waiting for GCGS- Gender Confirmation Genital Surgery?

    In Aotearoa~New Zealand you can say we live in paradise. That’s about as far as we can call “The land of the Long White Cloud” 

    Lovely country, with gorgeous places, freedom to die for, and peace under the sun. Besides the 4-seasons weather days, I love my country. Free to live as a transgender woman and have no troubles. But, my heart is falling apart bit by bit, every day I wake up. That ultimate surgery that seems to be moving further and further out of my reach to the extent that I have given up on the hopes that I’ll ever experience that total conclusion of my journey. Yes, I am angry, I am frustrated, but most of all, I am hurting, because that is the only thing I want, but I’ll never see.

    I have been on a waiting list for close to 18 months now. “That waiting list” I’m trying to work out who the main clown in the circus of decisions is. I had maths at school and I’m sure I’ve learned something there. The updates don’t match and the numbers? Let’s not even talk about it. I am slowly giving up. On the surgery, on the hopes, on the sun rising tomorrow and on myself. Maybe, just maybe, I was never supposed to be that complete or happy. Whatever goes, I still keep putting one foot in front of the other. Maybe if I win the lotto, I can jump on a plane and fly to where I can become complete.

    I quote my own observation I wrote on my own local support group!

    What am I waiting for? Why?

    “Is it worth waiting for gender confirmation surgery in New Zealand? Look at the newest update on the MOH website. For the person on the street level that means at least 62.17 years of waiting time. The budget allowed at NZ$ 2.99 million for 14 surgeries per year over 4 years since the 2019 budget. Who is in charge of these numbers? Who is in charge of the waiting list? Some unknown ghost at the MOH maybe? Or is their web manager doped up? Let’s hear the thoughts of our members about this. What do you think about the numbers? Am I missing something? In 10 months only 6 operations were done of which 5 were before June and one in October. Also, Why are the costs for GCGS so high in New Zealand? I just had a quote from Thailand for BA- Breast Augmentation Surgery plus GCS- Gender Confirmation Surgery at the same time @ Just under NZ$ 25,000 (excluding spending money and flights) In New Zealand on our doorstep is one surgeon who is doing GCGS- Gender Confirmation Genital Surgeries and the average cost as quoted is around NZ$ 45 000 and upwards. Who’s milking the money pit? Let’s hear some thoughts on these issues: I quote:
    As of 30 September 2022, there were 373 referrals for a first specialist assessment on the Active list for the Service. 60 out of the 373 referrals have had their first specialist assessment. In the previous monthly update for August 2022, we stated that 61 out of 368 patients had their first specialist assessment, this was incorrect, and it should have been 60 out of 368 patients. Following delays due to Covid-19, five surgeries were performed in 2020, ten surgeries were performed in 2021 with five surgeries were completed so far in 2022. One surgery is scheduled for October 2022”.

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      Michelle Lawson

      Cat, one can only imagine the hurt, frustration, and well placed anger at a system that treats others as you, and many others are treated like. But I know enough of you to know you will never give up until you take your last breath. All I can offer is a ‘keep your head held high’. Hugs, Michelle

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