Aesthetic Surgeries may Soon be Taxed

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 18, 2011 at 10:34 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Why should aesthetic surgeries be tax free asks the British government?
 Aesthetic Surgeries may Soon be Taxed
Aesthetic Surgeries may Soon be Taxed

There is a proposal by the government to put VAT at 20 per cent on aesthetic surgeries, which includes tummy tucks, facelifts and boob jobs. This proposed VAT may result in increase in the cost of the average breast enlargement surgery by £1,000.

As per the proposal, cosmetic surgeons will need to register for VAT and pass the charge to the patients. Patients who are able to prove that the treatment was a medical necessity will be exempt from the tax.

Doctors are not too happy with this proposal.

Charging VAT on cosmetic surgery may help raise up to £500million a year, which can be used by the NHS.

Source: Medindia

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