Navigation Links
AAFPRS Opposes the Proposed Tax on Medical Procedures
Date:11/20/2009

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ --The United States Senate is about to consider health system reform legislation which contains a 5% tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) announces it strongly opposes the inclusion of this tax as it is discriminatory and has already failed in other states.

If passed into law, the tax will go into effect on January 1, 2010, in hopes of generating $5.8 billion over the next 10 years to help fund the $849 billion health care plan. The law defines cosmetic surgery as "any procedure which is directed at improving the patient's appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease."

The proposal further stipulates that if a patient declines to pay the increase when initially billed for their surgery, the physician is entirely liable for all charges.

Various experts declare this tax would be discriminatory against women, noting that 86 percent of patients are working middle class woman. Plastic surgery is no longer considered a luxury for the wealthy, as 60% of respondents reported a household income of $30,000-$90,000 a year. Breaking down this data further, 40% of the 60% reported an income of $30,000-$60,000.

"The bill claims to not tax reconstructive surgery, however, in many cases there is thin line that separates 'cosmetic' from 'reconstructive'," states Daniel E. Rousso, M.D., president of the AAFPRS.

Several states have already tried to impose taxes on cosmetic surgery, including New Jersey which currently has a 6% tax on cosmetic surgery. Since New Jersey adopted the tax on elective medical procedures in 2004, the Department of Taxation has experienced a 59% shortfall based on projected revenue estimates. In fact, New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, the sponsor of the 2004 bill, is leading efforts
'/>"/>

SOURCE AAFPRS
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. AAFPRS Speaks to the Safety of BOTOX(R) Cosmetic
2. American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Opposes Cosmetic Surgery Tax
3. Doc Fix NOT What The Doctor Ordered; National Physician Group OPPOSES Pay Raise in House; Failed in Senate, Still a Bad Idea in the House; Payoff to AMA? New Survey Shows Money is Not Primary Concern of Doctors
4. ACLA Opposes Proposed LabTax
5. Indoor Tanning Association Opposes Suffolk Bill Banning Teens From Sun-Beds
6. SCAI Opposes U.S. House of Representatives Health Reform Bill in Current Form
7. PIA Opposes Kennedy Proposal to Create Health Insurance "Navigators"
8. Veterinary Group Opposes Bill to Clean Up Puppy Mill Industry
9. Local Medical Association Opposes Two State Propositions
10. Physician Group Opposes FDA's Position on Adult Stem Cells
11. Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Opposes Limits on Charitable Tax Deductions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/19/2014)... Eufaula, Oklahoma, located just 9 miles ... state’s largest lake with more than 600 miles of ... a little more than 3,000 residents, hosted its annual ... 6th of December. , Featuring Santa, Christmas lights and ... on Main Street. Narconon Arrowhead’s parade float participated ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014 The print component of Vision ... subscription of the Toronto Star, with a circulation of ... The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast ... news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital ... The publication features an exclusive interview with Mark ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially illness-causing E. coli ... at farmers markets, according to a new study. ... vendors from 13 farmers markets in Los Angeles and ... Out of almost 150 samples tested, 24 percent were ... salmonella, according to the researchers. Both types of ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster ... have at least some of their teeth, a new study ... provide an early warning of increased risk of physical and ... However, the findings don,t prove that tooth loss causes the ... 3,100 participants 60 and older. People with no remaining teeth ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... LENEXA, Kan. (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 ... dedicated exclusively to healthcare providers, has been retained to ... for Estes Park Medical Center in Estes Park, Colo. ... B. E. Smith has recently placed more than 900 ... Center (EPMC) is a 25-bed, not-for-profit critical access hospital ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Narconon Arrowhead Debuts Float at Checotah and Eufaula Christmas Parades 2Health News:Narconon Arrowhead Debuts Float at Checotah and Eufaula Christmas Parades 3Health News:Mark DeMontis, Founder of Courage Canada, shares his passion for bringing hockey to those affected by blindness in Mediaplanet’s “Vision and Hearing” campaign 2Health News:E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs 2Health News:Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study 2Health News:Estes Park Medical Center Retains B. E. Smith to Recruit New Chief Financial Officer 2Health News:Estes Park Medical Center Retains B. E. Smith to Recruit New Chief Financial Officer 3
... HealthDay Reporter , THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- The ... of the misuse or abuse of the prescription muscle relaxant ... Between 2004 and 2009, such visits went from 15,830 ... Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found. The sedative effect ...
... cancer is a particularly challenging one to beat; it has ... stubbornly resist conventional approaches to therapy. Now, researchers reporting in ... Cell Press publication, have evidence to suggest there is a ... is a self-renewal pathway known for its role not in ...
... 3, 2011Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have identified a ... oxygen, suggesting new lines of research relevant to a ... supply, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and other neurological ... a paper being published today in Molecular Cell ...
... Your ability to recognize emotional content in faces and texts ... University researcher. A recently published study by Clemson University ... people with higher blood pressure have reduced ability to recognize ... "It,s like living in a world of email without smiley ...
... State University researcher from the National Institute on Drug ... policy implications in Michigan and other states regarding the ... of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences in the School of ... is seeking to understand the differences in marijuana use ...
... HealthDay Reporter , THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) ... company announcing a new pill designed to help you live ... lot toward curing, preventing or easing many ills. But taking ... of medical risks, prompting concern among a growing number of ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:More People Landing in the ER After Abusing Muscle Relaxant: Report 2Health News:More People Landing in the ER After Abusing Muscle Relaxant: Report 3Health News:Embryonic signal drives pancreatic cancer and offers a way to kill it 2Health News:Gladstone scientists identify gene critical for cell responses to oxygen deprivation 2Health News:Wayne State therapeutic marijuana use study could impact state policies, guide treatment 2Health News:Wayne State therapeutic marijuana use study could impact state policies, guide treatment 3Health News:Too Many Meds May Be More Problem Than Cure 2Health News:Too Many Meds May Be More Problem Than Cure 3
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014 Baptist Health Lexington is the first facility ... full Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services (EPS) Accreditation status from ... fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become ... lead to stroke and possible death. More than 5 million ... atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as the ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... China separating membrane market has witnessed robust development ... years, albeit as a later starter. In 2012, the size ... approximated RMB12 billion, with the proportion worldwide soaring to 16.3%. ... membrane market will continue its growth rate by around 20% ... will jump to roughly RMB25 billion. An integrated ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Tenn. , Dec. 17, 2014  Strategic Health ... management software solutions, today announced a strategic agreement with ... New Jersey regional marketplace.  This ... enhance the health and wellness solutions QualCare brings to ... and the surrounding region. QualCare plans ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Baptist Health Lexington First in the Nation to Receive Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation 2Baptist Health Lexington First in the Nation to Receive Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation 3Separation Membranes Market (Company, Country & Application) Research Reports for Global and Chinese Regions 2Separation Membranes Market (Company, Country & Application) Research Reports for Global and Chinese Regions 3Strategic Health Services to collaborate with QualCare on Population Health and Wellness Technology for QualCare Members 2Strategic Health Services to collaborate with QualCare on Population Health and Wellness Technology for QualCare Members 3
... , NATICK, Mass., Aug. 27 Boston Scientific Corporation ... Company,s major events and news announcements for the European Society of ... in Barcelona. Highlights include final results from the MADIT-CRT trial ... , "Boston Scientific is proud to be the exclusive ...
... , , , ... August 11, 2009, an 82-year old New Orleans resident with ... Center using the same technique as angioplasty, a far cry from the ... conventional open heart valve surgery now have a potential new research option ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 2Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 3Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 4Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 5Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 6Ochsner Replaces Heart Valve Without Open Heart Surgery 2
... to 350 Liters of pure water, Complete, ... of Purified Water,Millipores compact S.D.S. Storage and ... to 350 liters of purified water produced ... maintain consistent purity of stored water, provide ...
... to 350 Liters of pure water, Complete, ... of Purified Water,Millipores compact S.D.S. Storage and ... to 350 liters of purified water produced ... maintain consistent purity of stored water, provide ...
... 350 Liters of pure water, Complete, Compact ... Purified Water,Millipores compact S.D.S. Storage and Distribution ... 350 liters of purified water produced by ... consistent purity of stored water, provide effective ...
... a range of Milli-Q ultrapure water ... quality requirements. Each of the five ... specifically target contaminants detrimental to particular ... and ICP-MS. The systems incorporate a ...
Medicine Products: