Originally Posted by AnnD
Canada's circ rate is significantly lower than the US - and I would suggest no insurance coverage as the primary reason
That is a small contributing factor. At one time, the Canadian circumcision rate was about where it is now in The US but by the early part of this century, it had fallen to about 17% nationwide and most of that 17% was concentrated in the western provinces. An event in 2002 made a major contribution to the current rate that is about 6%. Prior to this time, Dr. Dennis Kendall had been issuing warning memos to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan that they were at financial risk in performing circumcisions and those memos spread among the other provinces. However, before August 2002, they were not given much attention. That all changed in August 2002 when Ryleigh McWillis was circumcised in Vancouver and died a couple of days later. Dr. Kendall's warnings became very real. Instead of parents rejecting circumcision, the doctors in Canada started refusing to perform circumcisions at all. Soon after that, the governments of the various provinces in Canada stopped paying for circumcisions.
It was this combination of factors, the very public death, the doctors refusal, the education of parents and the end of coverage for the procedure that mostly brought it to an end.
Likewise, it will be a combination of factors that will bring circumcision to an end in The US. At some point, there will probably be an action that acts as a catalyst like Ryleigh McWillis' death or a court case that will consolidate the work on other fronts to bring it to an end.
, which I guess is a good thing. [FWIW, I think Canadians have a different perspective on the 'look' of anything, in general - so a bit different than americans.]
I wonder what would happen if the US rules were changed (i.e. no coverage, no legal requirement etc.) I wonder how long it would take for US circ rates to decline to Cdn levels.
I have super-duper insurance through my employer that covers the periphery items (i.e. 100 drug coverage, massage, PT, private room, blah blah blah). I wouldn't at all be surprised that circ is covered by my employer.
I didn't know circ wasn't covered by OHIP (again, universal health care coverage) with #1 son - it wouldn't have made a difference. My husband made the decision not to circ his boys long before he was born - and I never went a step further to determine any costs.[/QUOTE]