"Bo-Tax": A propose cosmetic surgery tax to pay for healthcare

By Christel Phillips - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - You can call it "Bo-tax". The U.S Senate is looking to plastic surgery to help fund President Obama's 1 trillion dollar Healthcare reform.

"I think that like most additional exspenses it will most likely impact the amount of cosmetic surgery that is done, says, Dr. William Strinden, talking about the proposed surgery tax.

Many plastic surgeons across the nation are opposed to the surgery tax. The U.S. Senate could add a 10 % excise tax on cosmetic procedures that are not deemed medically necessary. So, patients seeking cosmetic surgery for breast enlargements, liposuction, and even nose jobs could have an extra 10 % on their bill.

Two Lufkin plastic surgeons believe the proposed tax is based on the perception that only the rich and wealthy are having cosmetic procedures.

Dr. William G. Newton, with Angelina Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery explains, "The average patient who has a cosmetic procedures makes about 50,000."

Dr. William Strinden, of Lufkin Plastic Surgery agrees, he adds, "They're just regular people, the first question they ask when they call to make an appointment is how much does it cost, because they want to start saving money, and planning ahead."

Both Strinden and Newton say, this surgery tax would leave middle class Americans bearing the tax burden. It also would be discriminative against women between ages 19-64, who make up 86% of the total cosmetic surgery population.

The state of New Jersey being the only state that has implemented a cosmetic surgery tax. Legislators grossly over estimated potential revenue and underestimated the administrative burden to collect it.

Strinden and Newton hope Senate will come up with another plan to pay for healthcare reform.

Strinden adds, " To put 10% extra onto a minuscule fraction will still produce you a very small amount of money.

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