There's been a few threads about Medicare covering the costs of tummy tucks, breast lifts etc.
Some people have questioned after x number of c-sections are you entitled to a tummy tuck and Medicare pay for it.
Isn't our health system in crisis enough without Medicare paying for a tummy tuck?
To me, if your c-section scar is not causing any problems, you just don't like the look of it, you should pay for your own! Only when it becomes medically necessary should Medicare pay for it, ie, scar tissue attaching to internal organs.
I have horrible loose baggy skin from my pregnancy with DD, she was a vaginal birth, but my tummy is flabby, loose and covered in stretch marks and I don't expect the government to pay for a tummy tuck for me.
Women who have vaginal births can't get Medicare to pay for their vagina to be tightened back up to pre-childbirth unless absolutely necessary, even then, from what I have read on here, they have gone through hell to have it done! I've read stories of women having prolapsed bladders who couldn't leave the house for fear of leaking everywhere.
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11-01-2012 17:05 #1
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11-01-2012 17:13 #2Senior Member
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Medicare will only cover the costs if a certain set of criteria is met - as you answered your own question only if the tummy tuck is 'medically necessary'
It may work out that people who have had multiple c-secs fit this criteria more than women who have had natural births.
And yes, I believe Medicare should pay for medically necessary tummy tucks.
11-01-2012 17:27 #3
Hmm I wonder where this thread stemmed from
I was just querying whether there was any truth in the matter and if so, what the criteria is as I could be having my third c/s in April this year.
I do not believe it should be done for everyone either. I think certain criteria should need to be met, not just because you want it.
I also believe that the fact that my past c/s should not have happened and now I don't have a choice in the way or where I birth due to the health system, I would be more than happy with a rebate on a tummy tuck.
I have heard it's a mini tummy tuck. I cannot see my scars ... my belly hangs too far over the top & haven't seen my vag in so long. I have numbness around scar and in various places up to my belly button as well as some twinges in my back from the spinals. I didn't choose to have c/s births. And you don't have to have a natural birth to have issues with bladder control. I can tell you that for certain. I am pretty sure you have to lose weight etc beforehand to meet criteria (yet to find the criteria if this rebate does in fact exist) just like the breast reduction surgery that I am probably entitled to due to the health problems caused by my large boobs. I have just not looked further into it as I have one more baby on the way I would like to breastfeed and will look into it more once I am finished. I would love to be able to breath properly whilst laying down, I would love to have no back and shoulder problems and I would love to be able to wear no bra and I would love to be able to buy pretty bras and cheapies on sale at Kmart instead of going to specialist stores.
11-01-2012 17:36 #4Senior Member
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I guess it's a broader question of whether Medicare should cover any cosmetic surgery that aren't causing other medical problems. Other examples I could think of would be excess skin after weight loss, or large birth marks, large ears, crooked nose.
My first response would be to say, no, and that's how the cookie crumbles, and our bodies are going to sag and age anyway.
However, if it is causing depression or anxiety or some other psychological problem, then it is causing a medical problem, and probably should be covered. Although I would think counselling should be offered first as maybe the person could change their thought patterns rather than their physical state.
The other thing, though, is that is does seem unfair that somebody with money can remedy these issues, and people without money can't.
However, unless everybody wants to pay more tax, there is only so much money. I think more public good would be served by having free dental over cosmetic surgery.
Hmn, my answer is really equivocal...
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11-01-2012 17:48 #5
What about mental problems from it?
I will never ever forget when my friend gathered the courage to show me her stomach. I have never in my life seen anything like it not even on the internet. Her stomach looked burnt from stretch marks. Her skin was so saggy she couldnt wear pants unless she had control underwear on. I felt so bad for her. She cried everyday over it. So in those cases I think Medicare should cover it.
11-01-2012 17:58 #6Senior Member
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I have major issues with cosmetic surgery in general. Western society's obsession with staying young is just rediculous...people age, its NATURAL!!!
Having said that, if its medically nessasary eg, i recently had minor prolapse surgery(which was fully covered by medicare) and im now back to Pre-child birth vagina and im not complaining .
The issue i have is where to we draw the line...any one can say their sagging baby belly is causing them pain, who ACTUALLY knows if it is or not?? Does emotional pain qualify you for your boob job to be covered, or are you just more vain than everyone else and you THINK it will fix your problems??!!
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11-01-2012 18:22 #7
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11-01-2012 18:41 #8
Medicare will pay for an MEDICALLY NEEDED surgery.
If you need it for a medical reason, they'll pay.
11-01-2012 18:45 #9
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11-01-2012 18:55 #10
She isnt vain. She didn't want a perfect stomach she just wanted to wear normal clothing and make love to her husband without crying. It really affected her.
Anyway she is all good now. And Im so happy for her.
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