Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Circumcision Cosmetic?

SA hospitals give circumcision, cosmetic surgery the snip

The South Australian government has banned circumcision and some cosmetic operations in the state's public hospitals.

State Health Minister John Hill today said the ban would come into effect this month to ensure surgery was only carried out when there was a clear medical need.

SA will join four other Australian states in no longer providing male circumcisions for non-medical reasons.

Other procedures affected by the ban include tattoo removal, breast implantation, liposuction and reversals of sterilisation.

Mr Hill said the bans would lessen the demand on hospital beds and extend clinical resources and theatre time.

He said parents who wanted to have their son circumcised could have the procedure completed in a private hospital or private day centre.

Is religious custom a non-medical reason?

But haven't I quoted studies showing a medical reason for circumcision (here and here)?

Do Aussies drink too much beer to make correct decisions?

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