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View Public Comments for Gender Dysphoria and Gender Reassignment Surgery (CAG-00446N)

Cook, Michael
NREMT-P/Certified Paramedic Texas
Cypress Creek EMS
As an EMS provider I have on several occasions come into contact with individuals who have had or plan to have gender reassignment surgery. These individuals who suffer from what is commonly known as Gender Dysphoria are, in my opinion very emotionally and mentally stable individuals. All have gone through extensive therapy and psychoanalysis prior to their transition and in my own opinion are far more emotionally and mentally stable then the general population I serve as a paramedic. I believe it is imperative that all levels of health care providers be provided with a better understanding of the unique needs of this population in order to better serve them. In addition, a comprehensive change in the way medical providers treat these individuals is necessary. Many medical providers do not understand that individuals in this population should be treated with the same respect, professionalism and level of care as any other individual we provide care to. The current stigma attached to these individuals is unwarranted and undermines the ability of these individuals to access basic health care. Further this same stigma often causes health care professionals to provide substandard and unprofessional care. This is both legally and ethically unacceptable and must be addressed immediately.