Alberta Doctors Still Billing Province For Treatment Of Homosexuality

February 27th, 2012

An old timey doctor attempts to cure a homosexual with an unusually large leech. "Just let the leech do its work; I'll fetch some treacle and rose water."

Last year, Alberta finally removed homosexuality from its list of disorders that doctors in the province could bill the government for treating. This was 38 years after the disorder was delisted by the American Psychological Association, of course, but Alberta’s a little slow and deserved some congratulations for taking the leap forward into about four decades ago.

Strangely, it seems that not all doctors have got the memo about the change. Kathleen Range, a spokesperson for Alberta Health and Wellness confirmed to the media on Friday that Albertan doctors are continuing to submit diagnostic codes for treatment of homosexuality along with their billing information.

Sounds like some of these doctors might be suffering from a case of old timey Albertanism. Some ground eggshells, castor oil, a good dose of electroshock and—if all else fails—relocation therapy ought to do the trick, don’t you think?