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SunAWARE, a not-for-profit educational advocacy group for the prevention and detection of skin cancer, has endorsed the proposed 10% federal tax on tanning beds.
The newly revised bill now includes updates on a cosmetic surgery tax, as well as proposed tax on tanning salons.
By: Steven H. Dayan, MD, FACS
Proposed in the public option health plan currently being debated in the U.S. Senate, “Botax” would charge a 5% tax not just on Botox, but on all cosmetic medical procedures performed by licensed medical professionals. Dr. Dayan explains the many questionable aspects to this proposal, as well as cosmetic medicine's role in today's society.
The new health care plan introduced to the Senate includes a proposal to tax some cosmetic procedures in an effort to pay for the plan.
A potential tax on cosmetic medical procedures, nicknamed the Botox Tax, is meeting resistance from physicians who provide these services.
The state of Texas has recently passed legislation restricting the use of indoor tanning devices by minors.
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Though none of the reported problem cases have involved using the drug for dermatological or cosmetic procedures, skin care professionals should note the newly Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-mandated warnings on Botox and other similar products.
Proposed regulation for medical spas in Massachusetts may require licenses from the state's Department of Public Health, as well as a physician or nurse with special training on staff.