17 people assessed for gender identity
In the past five years, Faroese health authorities have referred 17 people to the Danish Centre for Gender Identity for assessment.
The total cost of these gender identity assessments has been DKK 170,000.
On top of that comes an undisclosed sum for travel, accommodation and medical follow-up for those who qualified for treatment.
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These are the key points in health minister Margit Stórá’s reply to MP Jenis av Rana, who enquired about what authority the health minister had “to send healthy people abroad for medical treatment”.
The minister cited the Hospitals Act as the basis for this authority, noting that the act allows for treatment, assessments and screenings to be carried out even when there is no clear evidence of illness.
“Transgender people are those whose gender identity does not match their assigned sex at birth,” she said.
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