The plastic surgery industry has survived and even boomed in America, in spite of constant turbulence in the economy, but it might be President Obama’s health care reform plan that finally impacts it the most.
When it comes to plastic surgery, the biggest impact of the proposed bill, H.R. 3200, could be a removal of the patient’s choice of insurer. Legislation is underway that, if passed, could shift American health care to a single-payer system overseen by the government. And the effects of this new plan could be detrimental to someone seeking plastic surgery for reconstruction, rather than something cosmetic.
For example, if a trauma victim requires extensive facial surgery after an accident, he may find himself limited by what the government is willing to pay for. The financial coverage and the treatment he gets may fall short of something complete – leaving him incomplete, both physically and emotionally.
Dallas health care attorney Michael Byrd urges patients to become informed about the details of the proposed legislation, and to speak up to their doctors and their government representatives about their concerns.
The health care attorney also noted that increased patient costs, shifts in the industry’s business practices and new benefits policies pertaining to cosmetic surgeons and their employees are some other possible effects if the administration adopts the proposed legislation in its current form.
The proposed health care reform legislation is sure to be the top priority for Congress when they reconvene next month after the August recess. But, given the outpouring of opinions from constituents across both parties this summer, it may be a while before legislators come to an agreement. We’ll keep you posted as news develops.
Click here to download a PDF of the ObamaCare Legislative Summary from SettlePou referenced by attorney Michael Byrd in this segment.