The U.S. Senate health care reform bill (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) contains a proposed 5 percent tax on "elective cosmetic medical procedures." While this may look like an attractive option to Senators looking for ways to pay for health care reform, we know that:
- Cosmetic medical procedures taxes are an unreliable and risky revenue source, which has proved to be a failure at the state level;
- A tax on cosmetic surgery discriminates against working women;
- The definition of cosmetic procedures is arbitrary and almost impossible to administer; and
- enforcement would necessitate review of patient medical records by tax collectors, a clear invasion of privacy.
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I've received an number of emails about this over the last 48 hours. Is anyone worried that this 'Botax' will hurt your medical spa, skin clinic or cosmetic practice?