Where can we find a transgender healthcare provider that works on an informed consent model? And where can we find a healthcare service that offers this at an affordable price via Telemed?
Planned Parenthood now has offices in 32 States offering LGBTQI Services which include trans hormone therapy programs. According to the operator I spoke with Wednesday, the initial consultation and follow-up visits cost between $150 and $190 and can be done via Telemed.
Youth under 18 may be required to have parental permission.
The patient will be responsible for doing a physical, as required, and bloodwork.
Some of the locations offer help with the costs, some don’t, it depends on the state you live in.
This should be very comforting to know since prescribing physicians are at a premium and you won’t need a ‘cover letter’ from a profiteering gatekeeping therapist.
According to Planned Parenthood, they offer trans services in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawai’i, Idaho, Ilinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montanna, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
Click here for the Planned Parenthood portal for transgender services to learn more.
Informed consent is legal and ethical. More than that it is an essential component of healthcare when a patient is deemed fit to participate which trans people have been since 2019 when WHO Voted to Stop Classifying Transgender People As Diseased
AMA position on Informed Consent: “Informed consent to medical treatment is fundamental in both ethics and law. Patients have the right to receive information and ask questions about recommended treatments so that they can make well-considered decisions about care. Successful communication in the patient-physician relationship fosters trust and supports shared decision making.”
Informed Consent Law: “Informed Consent Law covers the legal aspect regarding an individual’s right to be informed of and consent to a procedure or treatment suggested by a physician or professional. This written authorization can limit professional liability issues for the individual providing the service.”
A number of community health centers in the United States have developed protocols for providing
hormone therapy based on an approach that has become known as the Informed Consent Model
(Callen Lorde Community Health Center, 2000, 2011; Fenway Community Health Transgender
Health Program, 2007; Tom Waddell Health Center, 2006). These protocols are consistent with
the guidelines presented in the WPATH Standards of Care, Version 7. The SOC are flexible clinical
guidelines; they allow for tailoring of interventions to the needs of the individual receiving services
and for tailoring of protocols to the approach and setting in which these services are provided
(Ehrbar & Gorton, 2010).