Under Obamacare, people with pre-existing conditions that may have not previously been covered by insurance will now be entitled to charge some procedures to their insurance. This has led to the argument of whether breast augmentation is a procedure that should be paid for by insurance companies arising again.
Some people believe that it is the right of every woman to be able to have a breast augmentation procedure, and that these procedures should be covered by insurance so that they are available to everyone.
There are some occasions in the past where breast augmentation and reconstruction have been paid for by insurance, after treatment for breast cancer for example. Those in support of breast augmentation to be available for everyone argue that this process was unfair, because whether a person had to pay was largely dependant on what the surgeon listed as the reason for the procedure. By making all procedures payable by the insurance companies, the reason for the surgery is not important. If this debate has made you think about having breast augmentation surgery, and you live in Arizona then FindYourBreastSurgeon.com has a comprehensive list of all the surgeons in your area.
Others believe that breast augmentation surgery should not be covered by Insurance because the majority of the time it is done for superficial reasons. For example, should a woman who just wants to have larger breasts be able to have the procedure done under the insurance? There are advocates that are strictly against that being the case especially when much of Obamacare doesn’t even allow the coverage for birth control.
When discussing this argument, both sides have valid reasoning because there are situations where breast augmentation should be covered under insurance such as a situation where the augmentation is done because of breast cancer or if a woman wants to take a pro-active measure in removing the breast to prevent future cancer.
The flip side is that it shouldn’t be covered in situations where it is only being done for purposes of elevating the woman’s looks. In this case, there is no medical reasoning that supports an insurance claim. Without a medical reasoning, many believe that it shouldn’t be covered by insurance companies. This goes for Arizona residents as well.
The gray area comes in a situation where a male would like to undergo a sex change. In this situation, should the procedure be covered, or shouldn’t it? Many are up in the air on that debate because from a psychological standpoint, it could be very damaging to the psyche of a recent sex change patient. When discussing the psychological need, it makes a very valid argument that it should be covered by insurance companies.
Whether you are for or against the coverage, it’s important to remember that each procedure is different has it’s own reasoning which is why it’s very likely that not every one be covered but it be looked at on a case by case basis. If insurance companies did not look at it on a case by case basis, everyone would see insurance premiums rise as everyone would want the procedure done.