Transgender woman going to rights tribunal after Ontario appeal board refuses to pay U.S. sex-change bill

An appeal board has rejected a transgender woman’s plea to have her sex-change surgery in the United States reimbursed by Ontario’s medicare system, underlining Canadian health care’s struggle to handle a surging demand for gender-altering services.

Amanda Pearson now plans to push ahead with a complaint to Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal, arguing the province’s backlogged, restrictive system — resulting in years’ long wait lists for taxpayer-funded surgery — discriminates against transgender people.