Ah, CAMH. Not the old dinosaur we thought we knew. At their urging, Ontario is now funding trans surgeries with any surgeon in the world. The old policy was limited to Canada, unless you could make a special case for why you wanted to go elsewhere.
Some technicalities to note:
-Only Dr. Brassard’s clinic in Montreal will fund the full top surgery. If you go anywhere else only the mastectomy part is covered, and you pay for the chest contouring (including all nipple treatments).
-Hysterectomy must be done in Ontario.
-The surgeon needs to be willing to work with Ministry reimbursement. If they’re overseas or have never worked with CAMH before, it could take longer.
-Some surgeons are off the table due to high complication rates. Dr. Brown mentioned Serbia, though I’m not sure if she meant Dr. Djinovic, Dr. Djordjevic, or both.
Read the full update and follow ongoing policy changes on the CAMH website.
At two weeks post-op I’ve still yet to make an updated about my top surgery. All is well, but I want to wait before writing about it, for hindsight.