Genital surgery like labioplasty is set to come under scrutiny as the government prepares to question whether it is eligible to be obtained through Medicare. As the surgery grows in popularity, the Australian government aims to give consideration to its suitability as a Medicare procedure, though it does not actually take up a massive amount of the current budget as it is.
In 2010, genital surgery cost Medicare around $430,000 – which is a small fraction of its annual budget, yet significant enough to warrant further investigation. Even though the amount spent by Medicare on these types of procedures is low, there is a chance that patients of this treatment may find their access to Medicare’s help changes should the government come to a different decision on how it is currently done.
At the moment, patients who receive Medicare for vulvoplasties can only do so if a doctor assesses their condition and deems it necessary for the procedure to take place. Otherwise, it is a cosmetic treatment that women can obtain through their own wallets and runs to around $4,500 when done at a private clinic, which is typically the case.
Whatever happens to Medicare’s budget concerning labioplasty, it’s no secret that this type of cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more popular among Australian women as they want to change their bodies to increase their confidence. If you’d like to learn more about this type of treatment from a female plastic surgeon in Nedlands, Perth call Dr Anh Nguyen on 08 6555 3480.