Despite surgery readily available to restore both their hearing and the life they once enjoyed, nearly 200 New Zealanders again had their hopes dashed today with no announcement of increased adult cochlear implant funding in the 2019 Budget.
“Moreover, said Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) General Manager Neil Heslop, “no further funding means, based on current referral rates, that there could be 500 adults waiting for a cochlear implant in as little as four years.”
“Nothing encompasses ‘wellbeing’ like giving back a New Zealander’s hearing – to escape the silence, loneliness and the profound emotional and mental impact many of our patients know or will soon face,”
A cochlear implant is a surgically-implanted electronic device that restores hearing for those with profound hearing loss.
Yet they can find the money for weidos to have their bits changed just because they have experienced different feelz.
The Government has allocated $3 million to increase access to gender affirming surgery in Budget 2019.
“This initiative improves the health sector’s capability in delivering transgender health care,” it says in the Wellbeing Budget released on Thursday.
“This will be done through funding an increase in the number of gender affirming surgeries, responding to a 50-year waiting list for surgery and growing demand.”
It comes after the Government lifted a cap on the number of gender affirming surgeries in October last year, after reports the waiting list had reached 30 years for some people.
Doesn’t surprise me. The Liarbors are a bunch of eunuch’s, ever since Helun left them leaderless all those years ago.
So much for a “WELL BEING” budget