The Netherlands has finally discovered a limit to the largesse of its welfare state: no state-funded artificial breasts for transsexuals. That’s it! Thus far and no farther!
Yes, it’s true. I’m glad to see that there is at least one public servant in Europe willing to take a stand on a matter of important principle. And it really is a matter of principle: the decision has been made on the basis of gender equity. People who were born female are not being granted the same benefit, so it would be unfair to give free boobies to the gender-modified.
According to NIS News:
Minister: No Free Breasts for Transsexuals
THE HAGUE, 15/04/10 — The Lower House wants men having themselves transformed into women to be given breasts by the government. But Health Minister Ab Klink is not planning to do so.
People who undergo a sex change operation are reimbursed for the medical costs in the Netherlands. This does not apply to secondary procedures, including electronic depilation of bodily hair and the creation of breasts.
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The House wants men undergoing a sex change to be reimbursed for these supplementary procedures as well. This would involve about 100 people a year and would only cost 250,000 euros, the House majority argues.
But Klink will not change anything for now. He does not wish to give preferential treatment to transsexuals over and above real women who would dearly like to have bigger breasts and are also not reimbursed.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni.