Cosmetic surgery is one of the few areas of healthcare that has been restricted within the National Health Service (NHS).
1The offer of surgery has to be based on clinical need. In Scotland an exceptional referral pathway has been devised for aesthetic procedures. For breast reduction, patients must fulfil the following criteria, ‘hypertrophy/gigantomastia – massive disproportion to body size in a patient up to a body mass index of 27 and physical symptoms e.g. back/neck pain and/or intertrigo ….’.
- Timmons M.J.
Rationing of surgery in the National Health Service: the plastic surgery model.
Ann R Coll Surg Engl (Suppl.). 2000; 82: 332-333
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- Rationing of surgery in the National Health Service: the plastic surgery model.Ann R Coll Surg Engl (Suppl.). 2000; 82: 332-333
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Published online: February 07, 2007
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