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|Health Minister John Hill today will announce an immediate ban on "cosmetic" circumcision.
"The Health Department has a responsibility to ensure access to elective surgery is based on sound medical reasons," he said yesterday. "Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, facelifts and male circumcision will only be provided if assessed and justified on true clinical grounds.
"This will improve the demand on beds, clinical resources and theatre time."
In the past financial year, 274 circumcisions were performed on children in the state's public hospitals. SA is the last state to take a stand against circumcision. "Both nationally and overseas, doctors agree there is no medical benefit to routine circumcision with the procedure as low as 2 per cent in the UK," Mr Hill said.
|I'm discussing this on another board...does anyone know if circs are normally done in an operating room in Australia?|
If people in Australia are desperate to get their kids cut, there are ways around it - and they've even worked out a way to get it done for free (the government pays through Medicare). Sick.
I'm disgusted that I even know. Someone getting their son cut told us about it. We haven't spoken to them much since then (but I didn't feel quite so mean when their feelings got hurt after nearly everyone told them how horrible it was - both the circ and the deceitful claiming of medicare ... and that's in a state where circumcision is not available in hospitals - it was done in a doctor's surgery).
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