Recently we have treated the new Western strong trend “Social freezing” that is also a profitable commercial issue (see HERE). Now we transcribe a recent news with a bioethical question.
NHS England could face a legal challenge that would attempt to force clinics to offer transgender patients the right to freeze their eggs or sperm before gender reassignment treatment.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) argues that it is discriminatory that the NHS has no central policy requiring patients who undergo treatment for gender dysphoria to be offered the service, known as gamete extraction and storage, as a standard procedure. Instead, such decisions are left to individual clinical commissioning groups, many of which do not offer fertility services to transgender people (The Times).
Recently a news showed the lack of funds of NHS for urgent medical equipment necessities, see here Hospitals struggling to afford new equipment after NHS budget cuts.
Critics said cash-strapped health authorities should not be spending such large sums on helping transgender patients have babies when basic services such as cataract operations and hip replacements are being rationed. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former chairman of the ethics committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, said ‘The NHS is about treating people who are ill – that’s what we pay our taxes for. It is not to aid people’s various wishes about what they want to do with their bodies or their futures” (see HERE).
Exorbitant costs, egg-freezing costs £4,000 for one cycle and around £300 for storage a year, while the price of preserving sperm is around £400, plus £300 a year to keep it frozen, which is a little part of an entire treatment.
Is it reasonable that NHS assume the great expenses that signify it?