In an attempt for the government to receive a revenue £500 million a year in the U.K, a VAT (valued added tax) has been stapled onto cosmetic surgeries. The tax, a.k.a. the “Boob Tax“, is said to raise the price of plastic surgery up 20%, which certainly isn’t making plastic surgeons happy.
The Boob Tax has already been set for minor treatments, such as Botox and chemical peels, but for the bigger, bolder surgeries, the taxes are still being worked out. The tax is supposed to add approximately £1,000 to the cost of a boob job alone (which is roughly $1572 US dollars). It’s been reported that all patients are required to pay the tax, unless the procedure is absolutely necessary for therapeutic reasons.
By bumping up the costs, patients are less likely to get surgery done, which has in turn angered plastic surgeons. Fazel Fatah, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons stated, “They imply that, by definition, any procedure that corrects appearance rather than function is not a medical need. There has been no meaningful discussion with the professional bodies involved.”
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