Outrageous! Why should taxpayers have to fund this AT ALL?
Paying for 12,800 estimated military transgender servicemembers to receive hormone treatment would cost the Pentagon just a fraction of its total healthcare budget.
A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine argues the final cost would amount to approximately $5.6 million, a finding which the Pentagon will have to take into account while conducting its six-month policy review on integrating transgenders into the military. The review began July 13 at the behest of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who has admitted in the past that allowing transgender troops to serve is “not something I’ve studied a lot.”
Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a think tank which focuses on LGBT issues, authored the paper. At its inception, the Palm Center was called the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military before changing its name in 2006. According to Belkin, the military spends almost $48 billion every year on healthcare, making the cost of transgender hormone treatment essentially negligible. The yearly cost for each transgender servicemember works out to about $438. Whether this is the only cost these servicemembers will impose on the military remains to be seen.