An Ontario plastic surgeon is calling on government officials to set aside a few million dollars to help alleviate the country’s plastic surgery crisis.
Dr. David Salles said the government should use the money to help “make the Canadian economy more productive and efficient,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
“The fact is that our country is in the midst of a plastic surgery disaster waiting to occur,” Sallis told the AP.
“This could be a catalyst for us to make a turnaround.”
Sallus, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toronto, has spent decades working to end the cost of plastic surgery, which is among the highest in the world.
Since the early 2000s, Salls has done more than 700,000 operations on Canadians, and says that number has been on the rise.
In his first book, The Next Big Thing: Why Our Health System Is Collapsing, Salls calls plastic surgery a “disaster.”
And the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has called plastic surgery “the most urgent public health problem facing the country.”
Salls says there are four key problems with plastic surgery in Canada.
“One is the quality of care,” Salls said.
“Two is the volume of procedures.
And three is the cost.”
The fifth issue is that many patients are not able to afford it.
“We have over 5 million Canadians that don’t have the luxury of having their health care bills paid,” SALLES said.
That’s a huge problem.
“And we’re losing that investment,” he said.
For example, SALLIS said the average annual cost of a major procedure for Canadians was $8,000, which was more than $100,000 last year.
“Our government, our doctors, our dentists, we all have a responsibility to ensure that our health care system is not in crisis,” Salli said.
The AP found that Canada’s largest private health insurer, HealthNet, is also cutting back on plastic surgery.
HealthNet announced last year that it would stop covering most procedures that were deemed unnecessary.
However, HealthCanada has not announced any changes to the way it covers plastic surgery to make it less expensive.
“It’s important to remember that the costs of these procedures are just part of the equation,” Salla said.