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Reconstructive Surgery Tax

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Wayne, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously passed a bill that would exempt sales tax for cosmetic make-up services associated with reconstructive breast surgery. These surgeries could be done both as a precautionary measure or a post cancer treatment.

The state currently requires insurance companies to pay for the cosmetic make-up services associated with reconstructive surgery, but there is a loophole that has left patients responsible for the sales tax. This bill would close that loophole.

Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Ganchi, has completed many reconstructive surgeries and he chimed in to talk about how these taxes can affect his patients. “They get hit with the tax and it’s sort of like they feel like people don’t understand what they are going through,” he said.

Grace Gold, a former patient of Dr. Ganchi’s, a beauty journalist and author of ‘The Boob Job Bible’ explained many of the costs associated with this type of surgery. “Up until this point the state of New Jersey has thought of it as makeup and so they’ve taxed you like you’re going and getting a tattoo of a skull or your mother’s name on your arm. When it’s something that’s part of breast reconstruction, it’s significant because per breast this can cost about $2,500 per breast, so then when you think about the tax that the patient then has to pay, it could be several hundred dollars,” she said.

In 2012 the governor signed a bill that removed sales tax on cosmetic surgeries such as: hair transplants, cosmetic injections, tissue fillers, chemical peels, and laser hair removal. So many argue that if these procedures are exempt from sales tax, why not reconstructive breast surgery?

For more information about Grace Gold’s book, The Boob Job Bible, visit http://www.theboobjobbible.com/. You can follow her on Twitter @MsGraceGold.

For more information about Dr. Ganchi’s practice, visit http://www.ganchi.com/. You can follow him on Twitter @Ganchi.

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