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Plastic Surgery Taxes In Uk On The Rise

Recently the press reported that costs for plastic surgery for patients in the United Kingdom are to rise 20% due to a value added tax (VAT).  This tax is to apply to all surgeries where a physician is not fixing function but form.  One example would be breast reconstruction following a mastectomy versus breast augmentation surgery for enlargement.  Plastic surgeons in the UK who perform primarily plastic surgery are required to register for this 20% tax, which they may pass on to patients.  Thought he purpose of this VAT is to raise revenues during this time of economic hardship, British plastic surgeons urge that there is a fine balance between public finance and the well-being of patients.  One plastic surgeon challenged Her Royal Majesty by asking whether otoplasty to fix a child’s prominent ears so he/she can fit in and avoid bullying should be subject to the VAT.  While the UK has a national healthcare system, perhaps citizens in the US should be glad that this is not the case as government taxation can harshly impact a patient’s choice for what some officials categorize as frivolous.  What may be frivolous to a government bureaucrat may be life changing and extremely helpful to the patient’s self image and self-esteem.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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