“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
A Department of Defense study by the Rand Corporation found that the health care costs for transgender service members were a whopping 0.017 percent of the entire military budget.
Additionally, the study found that:
“The implication is that even in the most extreme scenario that we were able to identify … we expect only a 0.13-percent ($8.4 million out of $6.2 billion) increase in health care spending.”
The study also found that less than 0.1 percent of the entire military force would seek transition-related health care, according to the private health insurance claims. Also, the study found that allowing LGBT members to serve wouldn’t effect unit cohesion.
According to an analysis by the Military Times, the military spends 10 times as much ($84 million) on erectile dysfunction drugs than it does on transgender service members’ health care.
This includes prescriptions for Viagra and Cialis, among other erectile dysfunction drugs.
The cost of transgender military service members’ health care is negligible compared to the entire military budget.
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