Taxpayers Paid for Boob Jobs, Health Spas, and Viagra!

The European Parliament

Recently, documents have come to light that expose 763 members of the European Parliament and their families as benefitting unduly from their health plan, which apparently reimburses them for procedures like massage, face lifts, breast enhancements, and other “luxury” treatments. In some cases,  taxpayers have foot the entire bill for a Spa Day or Massage! Men whose wives or mothers are part of the European Parliament receive free Viagra for impotence, reportedly as long as the impotence is a direct result of serious injury. The cost of this generous healthcare plan for politicians is almost £3 million, up 36% over last year, at a time when the average European citizen has suffered from cuts in health care due to the financial problems plaguing Europe.

The Practical Guide to the Reimbursement of Medical Expenses is responsible for leaking the information.

In a similar vein, here in the United States, servicemen and women were once able to undergo certain cosmetic procedures in order for military plastic surgeons to build skills necessary to treat patients with more serious problems. That disappeared after CNN did a story that criticized the practice, arguing that taxpayers should not pay for procedures that are purely cosmetic. Military men and women now pay a lower price for cosmetic surgery at military hospitals as a result of CNN’s expose, but no longer receive free treatment for elective procedures.  Military plastic surgeons, however, state that this has greatly diminished the number of procedures performed and as such, has left younger military surgeons with too little experience with healthy patients, making it more difficult for them to learn procedures that would be benefit them when reconstructing faces and bodies that are casualties of war.

What about this? Do you think people in the military should get free cosmetic surgery because (A) they put themselves at risk for us and/or (B) because the military surgeons need to “practice” on healthy patients to enable them to do better work on badly injured veterans? Or do you believe there’s no reason to give away cosmetic work by the military to its own and their reasons are a bit contrived?  Please share your thoughts!

To your health & beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev

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