In the wake of the 1 trillion dollar healthcare reform initiatives developed by the Obama administration, the U.S. Senate is discussing the idea of imposing a federal tax on cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. The U.S. Senate is considering a tax of up to 10% as an excise tax on procedures that are “not deemed medically necessary.”
For the most sought-after surgeries such as liposuction, breast augmentation and facelift surgery that often cost upwards of $10,000, consumers would be paying over $1,000 to cover the cost of the tax. Plastic surgeons worry that the additional cost could prevent many people from undergoing surgery, and that the tax would affect the middle class population the most.
Dr. William Strinden of Lufkin Plastic Surgery recently interviewed with KTRE.com about the tax discussions underway and states: "I think that like most additional expenses it will most likely impact the amount of cosmetic surgery that is done."
StopBotax.org has been set up to encourage people to petition against such a tax, and points out that the burden of this type of tax would fall on the shoulders of women, the middle class population and medical professionals. Women account for 86 percent of cosmetic surgery patients each year. The middle class population earns an average household income of $30,000 per year, and may also feel the pinch from this type of tax. In some cases, they may simply fore go plastic or cosmetic surgery all together because the price is beyond their budget. Finally, medical professionals may end up closing their doors because of a decline in business, and find it difficult to market their services to their target markets.
Individuals who want to petition against the plastic surgery tax can fill out the form on StopBotax.orgwith some basic personal information, and indicate whether they are a patient or medical aesthetic professional.