Over the years, we have had a number of people approach us to ask whether they could sponsor, or contribute towards, someone else’s care.
The recent changes in the way young people are able to access healthcare gave us the push we needed to create a way of allowing people to help others.
In a bid to help those on lower incomes to access care, we have invited members of the public to make donations to The GenderGP Fund. This is a not for profit initiative which means that 100% of all donations received will be used for direct patient care. GenderGP staff members have also offered to work at a reduced rate, specifically when supporting subsidised patients.
The Fund will be made available to those who, without help, would struggle to access GenderGP’s services. We recognise that we have a responsibility to distribute The Fund in a way that is fair. In order to do this we ask applicants to fill out a statement of means, this is a form that outlines their financial situation, this information enables us to work out exactly how best to support them.
Care will be provided for as long as it is needed, or as long as funds are available, with regular reviews on additional ways of supporting this care – either by the individual or via the NHS. We will continue to use the funds available for those in most need, and we welcome suggestions for fund-raising activities in order to keep The GenderGP Fund going for as long as possible.
The Fund’s immediate priority sits with those young people impacted by December’s ruling, longer-term we hope to be able to expand The Fund to provide help to people of all ages who need financial support.
The medical evidence shows that supporting trans people leads to better outcomes, it also shows the negative impact of withholding treatment. GenderGP understands the need for timely, accessible care and the importance of receiving that care according to need rather than age.
We feel it is important for those donating to know how much different parts of treatment costs and where the donations are used to help cover these costs. Please see the below costs of different medications and session prices to gain a better understanding of how these donations really help:
- Testogel – from £40 for a one month supply
- Sustanon – from £10 for a one month supply
- Nebido – from £97 for a three month supply
- Anti-androgens – from £10 for a three month supply
- Puberty blocking injections – from £270 for a three month supply
- Puberty blocking nasal spray – from £60 for a one month supply
- Oestrogel – from £28 for a three month supply
- Estradiol Tablets – from £12 for a three month supply
- Information Gathering Session (compulsory unless the patient already has an assessment report from somewhere else) – £65.00
- Counselling (optional) – £50.00
- Family / Friends chance to ask their questions (optional) – £60.00
The GenderGP Fund: FAQs
Will There Still Be Areas of Treatment I Have To Pay For?
Yes, this is a subsidised scheme to enable the funds raised to help as many individuals as possible. We recognise that we have a responsibility to distribute The Fund in a way that is fair. We will consider each application on a case by case basis. Applicants will be required to fill out a statement of means and we will have a criteria against which all applicants will be assessed. This will enable us to work out exactly how best to support each individual.
What does the money pay for?
The money pays for the GenderGP staff time and technology solutions. The Fund will be used to subsidise your care. We will work with individual applicants to establish exactly how much support is needed and funds will be allocated accordingly.
How much can I get access to?
We want to help as many people as we can to access the care they need. We will work with you to see how much of your care can be provided by your GP, how much you or your support network can afford and how much we need to raise to assist you. This will be continually evaluated for as long as the support is needed.
How do I donate to the fund?
Thank you so much for your interest in donating to the Fund. We are currently not accepting new fund donations, however, those who have already set up a monthly donation, please be assured this money will be continuing to help current GenderGP Fund Patients with their transition.
Can I access this now or just donate?
Applications for any new donations and fund applications are currently closed.
How do I apply to the Fund?
Once we open the fund up again for new applicants, we will update this information to show how the fund can be applied to for those interested.
What Information Needs To Be Provided As Proof?
As with all reduced rates and discounts, we ask for proof of income or benefits. If an individual is already receiving treatment which has been stopped, we will also ask to see proof of assessments in the form of reports and letters from the associated service.
Will the Fund Be Open to People Over 16 / Adults at Any Point?
Our ultimate aim is for The Fund to be accessible to anyone who needs it. Our immediate focus is on those under the age of 16 who have had their care removed as a result of the recent case brought against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in the UK. This is available to those who live in Ireland and whose care has been impacted by the ruling. Find out more here.
But I Am Over 16 and I Still Need Help – What Should I Do?
Although the priority for The Fund is currently for young people who have been affected by the recent ruling, we hope to encourage fund-raising activity and donations long-term, in order to help as many people as we can who are in need.
How Do You Assess the Eligibility of People Accessing the Fund?
We have a responsibility to manage and distribute all funds raised evenly and fairly, with that in mind all applicants will be means-tested to enable us to support them in line with their individual needs. We will review this regularly to ensure that if a patient’s situation changes, we can adjust their support accordingly. We will also allocate funds based on a formal criteria which is currently being finalised.
How is eligibility determined?
We will begin by supporting those aged 16 and under whose care has been impacted by the Bell V Tavi ruling and who are at risk as a result. We will have a set of criteria against which applicants will be measured in a bid to determine eligibility. Our immediate focus is on those living in the UK and Ireland.
MECHANICS OF DONATING
How Much Is the Fund Hoping To Raise?
There is no way of fully knowing how many people have been affected by the court ruling and although this is our immediate focus, we appreciate that the scope of those who need help is much broader than trans youth. The more we can raise through The Fund the more people we will be able to support.
Will I Have To Renew My Eligibility for the Fund Each Year?
Yes. Each case will be assessed according to need and will be regularly reviewed and adjusted.
Will you ensure treatment continues until my child reaches adult services? I don’t want to start treatment, to then have to stop it later as The Fund runs out?
The amount we are able to provide will be dictated by the available funds. Our immediate objective is to support any child who has been impacted by the Tavistock and Portman ruling and who is suffering as a consequence. As part of the eligibility process we will discuss a period of time during which we will be able to support as well as ways in which the individual can seek additional help long-term.
How long will I be able to access The Fund?
Each person’s application will be considered based on their specific needs. For some it will be a short-term subsidy, while others may need longer-term support. We will review each person who is using The Fund every four months and any award will last a maximum of 12 months. Should support be required for longer than 12 months we will look at the practicalities involved and how best to provide that support.
ACCOUNTING AND DUE DILIGENCE
Where will the money go?
100% of funds raised through this initiative will be directed solely into patient care. All funds allocated will be used solely for patient care and not invested in the organisation in any other way.
How will you ensure funds are distributed fairly?
We are assembling a dedicated team to manage The Fund. This will consist of independent membership as well as GenderGP employees to ensure transparency of funds. If you have any expertise of acting in the capacity of trustee and you would like to be involved, get in touch via the GenderGP Help Centre. This is a voluntary role.
Will the Fund Cover the Cost of Medication, or Just GenderGP Expenses?
This will be decided on a case by case basis. For some people, it is the set up fee that is prohibitive but the medication costs are achievable. For others the regular cost of medication is too much of a strain but they have a small amount of money to cover the administrative costs incurred with setting them up.
How Is the Business GGP Contributing to This?
This is a not for profit initiative and 100% of all donations received will be used for direct patient care. GenderGP staff members have also offered to work at a reduced rate, specifically when supporting subsidised patients. GenderGP is covering the administration/staffing costs of managing The Fund as part of its contribution. In addition, on the back of the success of the livestream event in December run by @theymerSophie, GenderGP matched the £50k raised with in-kind donations.
Why Did You Set Up Your Own Fund When Funds Like This Already Exist?
Over the years that GenderGP has been in operation we have been approached many times by service users who have wanted to contribute to another’s care. This is a way of formalising that process so that if someone would like to help, they can.
Will GenderGP profit from this?
No. This is not an exercise in profit. This is about getting urgent care to those who need it but who cannot afford it or access it elsewhere. Our role is simply to enable the many to help the few. Staffing costs will be paid for by the money raised, however some GenderGP staff have offered to work at a reduced rate for patients accessing this fund.
Where is the money kept?
A separate bank account has been set up specifically for funds raised. Monthly accounts will be kept meticulously so that they are available for viewing and auditing purposes.
Will We Be Able To See Exactly Where the Money Goes?
Yes! We will be focusing on transparency and equity at the core of this initiative.
How much has been donated?
As of 1pm on Wednesday, February 17th 2021, the total amount that has been donated to The Fund is £59,761.90. This could help 42 people to access blockers for a year, based on full care being provided, and many more based on subsidised care.
How Much Does It Cost To Fund One Person’s Yearly Treatment?
As GenderGP works with each person to provide the right care for them, it is not always easy to provide an exact estimate of costs. However, were an individual to be provided with 100% subsidised care, including all medication costs on the most expensive medications – puberty blocker injections – the total amount would be £1,400 per year. If your GP is happy to prescribe and support with monitoring this amount is reduced to £620 a year.
Why is GenderGP doing this?
Over the years, we have had a number of people approach us to ask whether they could sponsor, or contribute towards, someone else’s care. The recent changes in the way young people are able to access healthcare gave us the push we needed to create a way of allowing people to help others.
What can I access via the fund?
Applicants to The Fund will be assessed on a case by case basis and we will support in line with individual need. If an applicant is in need of counselling, that is what will be provided, if they need medication then we will look to subsidise that care. All applications are means tested to ensure we deliver the most help to those who are most in need.
Wouldn’t a sponsor scheme be better?
The Fund welcomes donations and direct sponsorship.
Can I access The Fund if I am outside of the UK?
Our ultimate aim is for The Fund to be accessible to anyone who needs it but we have to start small! Our immediate focus is on those aged 16 and under who have had their care removed as a result of the recent case brought against the Tavistock and Portman clinic in the UK. It is also available to those who live in Ireland and whose care has been impacted by the ruling. Find out more here.
Can the Fund Be Used for Services Outside of GGP?
No. This initiative is designed to help people to access the care they need, which is not forthcoming via their national healthcare provider. GenderGP is the only private service which supports trans people of all ages. We can provide the care that individuals need, either independently or in collaboration with the patient’s GP.
Is this a registered charity?
The Fund is an initiative set up to help those who wish to contribute to someone else’s care. Any use of the word charitable is as an adjective ‘relating to the assistance of those in need.’ The Fund is not part of any registered charity but will follow the same principles.