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Identifying Policies, Financial Support and Professional Regulations for Medically Necessary Hair Removal

 
Hair removal is a necessary pre-surgical procedure prior to performing genital gender-affirming surgeries such as vaginoplasty and phalloplasty. As provinces increasingly develop and implement programs for gender-affirming surgery, they are also seeking guidance on whether and how to regulate and financially support the range of services that people undergoing such surgeries require. This rapid response was requested to specifically identify policies, financial support and professional regulations used across Canada for medically necessary hair removal for gender-affirming surgery.
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