Information regarding health outcomes of Transsexual patients.

Racheal McGonigal made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Racheal McGonigal

Dear Ministry of Health,
A recent Newshub article,

Quotes Dr Rita Yang, "But she said most of the complications related to those who have overseas surgery, and the issues could have been avoided if there had been appropriate follow-up care."

Can you please answer the following questions under the Official Information Act.

1/ How many Transsexual patients who have had SRS off shore, have had to have followup work done here in NZ? (SRS is Sex Reassignment Surgery, not masectomy or hysterectomy.) Vaginoplasty mostly.
Full SRS.

2/ How many Trans surgeries has Dr Yang completed on her own here in NZ and funded by MoH? How many funded by other than MoH?

3/ How many of Dr Yangs Trans patients have had to have further surgeries, corrective surgeries and rework?

4/ How many of Dr Yangs Trans patients have required extra care on failed skin grafts?

5/ Why will the MoH not fund SRS/GRS offshore when respected surgeons are out there, off shore, who have excellent credibility and clearly from the article, more patients could be done off shore for the price of 1 here?
$53,000 for MtF SRS here in NZ compared to $18,000 in Thailand. Almost 3 off shore to 1 done in NZ

Yours faithfully,

Racheal McGonigal

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