Being Transgender Is a Mental Disorder, Israeli Insurance Company Says

Being Transgender Is a Mental Disorder, Israeli Insurance Company Says

When a transgender man asked the Ayalon Insurance company to refund his mastectomy, he was told his policy does not cover mental disorders or psychiatric treatments

An insurance company has refused to finance a mastectomy for a transgender man, claiming that being transgender is a mental illness.

A transgender man in his 20s, from the central region, underwent mastectomy a year and a half ago. But when he asked the Ayalon Insurance company for a refund, he was told his policy does not cover mental disorders or psychiatric treatments.

“My classification as transgender has nothing to do with mental disorder,” he told Haaretz. “This is an unfair and wrong generalization.”

The transgender man has submitted an appeal against the insurance company, via the Human Rights Clinic at Tel Aviv University, claiming that its attitude reflects discrimination and prejudice, and that being transgender is not a mental disease.

Full article: Haaretz

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