The latest health reform bill includes a 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery procedures, and many plastic surgeons and prospective patients are rallying against it. The tax, also known as “Botax”, may go into effect as early as 2010 and will be added to procedures and treatments that are not covered by health insurance.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently conducted a survey through the Opinion Research Corporation, and results show that 64 percent of surveyed adults did not agree with the proposed changes. 1,014 U.S. adults (506 men and 508 women) were surveyed, and the results indicated that a “cosmetic medical procedures tax has no place in healthcare reform, since these procedures are not covered by health insurance.” (Source: UPI.com)
The “Botax” is expected to raise nearly $6 billion over the next ten years, and many people believe that it is a form of a discriminatory tax because it will have the most impact on the people who seek cosmetic surgery the most – middle-class women between the ages of 25 and 35.
Several plastic surgery centers and cosmetic surgery clinics are encouraging their patients to speak out against the tax by contacting their local senator. Plastic surgeons and medical professionals that are a part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are also taking a stand against the tax. Dr. Michael McGuire, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that, “These numbers confirm what the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has been saying all along, that many people mistakenly believe that this is a luxury tax.”
If approved, the Botax will add a few dollars – and a few hundred dollars, in some cases -- to the price of Botox, breast implants, facial plastic surgery, liposuction, cellulite treatments and teeth whitening treatments. More information about the latest developments on the botax can be found here.