Alberta’s government will be funding gender reassignment surgeries for 46 people in the system, but those who are currently considering surgeries will have to pay out of their own pocket, confirmed Premier Ed Stelmach yesterday.

Stelmach’s comments came within minutes after Health Minister Ron Liepert told the legislature 26
patients will get funding for the surgery and another 20 will be getting approvals for funding.

“There were tough decisions that had to be made,” Liepert said in the legislature.

The government decided to cut the service from this year’s budget, which could save the province roughly $700,000 a year.

But several patients who were introduced in the chamber at the legislature yesterday have already vowed to file a complaint today with the province’s human rights commission.

The Alberta Liberals say a legal challenge could leave Alberta taxpayers with a bill that costs the same as the cutback.

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