The American Psychiatric Association, the world’s largest psychiatric organization and publisher of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, notes that “Significant and long-standing medical and psychiatric literature exists that demonstrates clear benefits of medical and surgical interventions to assist gender variant individuals seeking transition. … Access to medical care (both medical and surgical) positively impacts the mental health of transgender and gender variant individuals," and states the following:
- Recognizes that appropriately evaluated transgender and gender variant individuals can benefit greatly from medical and surgical gender transition treatments.
- Advocates for removal of barriers to care and supports both public and private health insurance coverage for gender transition treatment.
- Opposes categorical exclusions of coverage for such medically necessary treatment when prescribed by a physician.
Jack Drescher, Ellen Haller, M.D., & APA Caucus of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association, APA Official Actions: Position Statement on Access to Care for Transgender and Gender Variant Individuals (2012), http://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Learn/Archives/Position-2012-T…