I was annoyed that Angelina Jolie announced this to the media at first, because I feel like she is such an attention *****, and this is just another way for people to say "wow, what a great person she is". Then I started thinking that maybe there are some people out there that don't know about the BRAC test yet, and this can help them to become aware...BUT I don't know if a mastectomy and reconstruction would be covered by insurance if there is no cancer present...so it was a nice gesture to educate the masses, but I don't know that everyone can afford major surgery plus major plastic surgery as a preventative measure.
I can only imagine how much this surgery would be, with the consults, pre-op labs, overnight stay in hospital, follow ups, and repeat that for the reconstructive stage. I would guess it would cost over $100K out of pocket. For Angelina Jolie, I am sure it would have been close to half million, due to best doctors, best hospitals, security, private nurses for recovery, etc....and she didn't have to worry about who was looking after her kids or if she was going to lose her job due to the time off, etc. As you can tell, I am conflicted on this...thanks for the heads up Angie, even though most of us already heard about people doing this in the news. That's great that you did that, but most of us probably wouldn't be able to pull that off.