Discursive Essay Cosmetic surgery is not widely available on the NHS. Only in certain situations do the NHS pay for cosmetic procedures, but where should the line be drawn between cosmetic surgery necessary and beneficial and people using it because of physcological reasons. The NHS spend around ? 5. 7million on giving people surgery, should costs be cut or rules be tighter. Only on rare occasions do the NHS pay for cosmetic surgery, only if it is required to protect someone’s health.
For those with facial disfigurement it would be very difficult to feel ‘normal’ or comfortable with themselves. It seems fair procedures like removement off a faicial birthmark or congenital condition or disfigurement cause by illness or injury to be free on the NHS. People with this kind of problem simply cant help it, and may not have the money to spend on surgery. People in these situations must feel deeply grateful for the NHS’s payments. However, many people (especially women) take advantage of the free surgery.
It has been reported that women are persuading doctors to perform surgery by exaggerating their unhappiness with themselves. This makes the free surgery problematic as It puts pressure on the NHS to tighten rules, and makes it unfair on those that need surgery. It is wasting money operating on those that do not need surgery but want it. Surgeons feel pressured by patients and give in so they do not need to face the guilt of turning down an unhappy patient that strongly feels they need surgery. This is wasting money and makes you think twice about the free surgery.
The NHS has a limited amount of money and needs to be spent carefully so patients that need treatment do not lose out. Another procedure the NHS can pay for is bariatric or weight loss surgery. It makes sense to perform this surgery on seriously obese people as it reduces hospital admissions and cuts long term costs to the health service. The treatment makes patients less likely to have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. The operation is not an easy option, and patients must portray their commitment to weight loss before it is approved.
This makes it less likely for people that do not need it to take advantage. On the other hand, with the procedure available on the NHS it could give people the wrong idea. You must be seriously obese to have the operation, so this could encourage rather obese people to put on weight so they can be approved for the procedure. It could also make people think it Is ok tobe seriously obese as there is an operation on the NHS to ‘fix it. Therefore this could cause more people to become seriously obese which leads to even more health problems.
For the patients that hear of this procedure or have had it can automatically think they do not need to eat healthy or exercise. Once again this could cause more health problems. The NHS only carry out surgery if there are overriding pyscological or physical reasons for doing it. The free surgery helps many people with health and psychologically. But many people take advantage of the free procedures and it can give out wrong ideas. I think rules should be strict and more information should be expressed, so the system is fair, within budget and successful.