I love it when people freely say the Gov''t should pay for this and that, what people forget is that it's OUR money they are paying with. What I'm saying, is that the taxpayer shouldn't be on the hook for the procedure. With Gov't cutting funding to worthy programs, such as the homeless issue, and medical coverage for seniors, and then they turn around are willing to piss away money on the procedure, no. there are alot of screwed up people in this country, we can't help them all. IslandPacific, your friend's brother took it upon himself to try to get healthier, by losing weight, which is fantasic, and is a life and death situation, maybe what should be considerd is a partnership payment plan, I do think the indiviual should pay something. If he lost weight, it's a benifit to the healthcare system, to his family, his employer, etc... People who "feel" thay are in the wrong body, can't be a new concept, mankind is what, 2000 + years old? It had to have come up sometime in history. What did they do then? Get the head right, and the rest falls into place. "Feel" is the key word. At a couple hundred thousand dollars, or more, per procedure, of our money, I do thinks it's worthy of debate. Dexter Sinister, I ain't perfect by a longshot, there's enough going against me, that it's a pain in the A**, but I accept it and figure out a way to live with it. By the way, I don't drink, or use drugs. Humor is my drug of choice. Life is a bitch, and eventually it won't matter anyway. What I don't understand is how something could be "necessary", just because of a "feeling"?
People who are suffering from "Depression", are given medication, not labotomy's. Also, malaria, and typoid are contracted diseases, and are 100% preventable, diabedese is partially genetic, and partially contracted, depending on lifestyle. Arthritis is mainly genetic, it's a matter of when it will kick in. It's true, people are living longer than in the past, but how is the quality of life? Technically, living and being alive, are different. Being alive is dependant on ones quality of life, just because one is 110 years old, but has been stuck in a nursing home for 15 years, stuck in a wheelchair, and requiring assistance for every aspect of daily life, and doesn't register what's going on around them, are the extra 15 years of existence really worth it?
Yukon Jack, there is a benifit for the taxpayer for abortion, or if caught early enough, "Plan B" . Personally, I think abstainence is the only way to go, but... They are usually wanted,(needed) because pregnacy was not planned on. Either way, if someone is not in the finacnial, or mental position to care for a child, they may require welfare, which taxpayers pay for, or on the other hand a crime could be commited because of the mental unpreparedness of the individual. It seems like someone has to be forgotten, left behind, something bad or undesireable has to happen, to see a benefit elsewhere. We can't all win.