AAP: Mutilate Your Sons, It’ll Cost Less
posted at 11:59 pm on August 27, 2012 by Matt Vespa
The American Academy of Pediatrics virtually gave the greenlight for genitial mutilation of baby boys in this country. According to Lindsey Tanner at The Associated Press, in their revised report released today:
The nation’s most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it. In its latest policy statement on circumcision, a procedure that has been declining nationwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics moves closer to an endorsement but says the decision should be up to parents. It’s not a verdict from on high, said policy co-author Dr. Andrew Freedman. There’s not a one-size-fits-all-answer. But from a medical standpoint, circumcision’s benefits in reducing risk of disease outweigh its small risks, said Freedman, a pediatric urologist in Los Angeles.
Lizzie Crocker at The Daily Beast also wrote today that:
Dr. Michael Brady, a member of the AAP’s circumcision task force, who allows that by not recognizing procedural health benefits in previous reports, the AAP gave Medicaid the opportunity to decline payment. Now, we’re clearly stating that third-party payers and Medicaid should cover circumcision so that parents aren’t having the decision made for them. And boy, the newly recognized health benefits are many: for starters, lower risks of men acquiring HIV, genital herpes, HPV, syphilis, penile cancer, and UTIs, in addition to reduced cervical cancers among their female sexual partners. In this respect, the report affirms many national and international scientific studies, including one in 2005 by French and South African researchers who found that male circumcision cuts the risk of HIV infection by up to 60 percent.
Yes, those dreadful STDs, which I heard is incredibly avoidable through safe sex or abstinence. In addition, it should be noted that penile cancer is EXTREMELY rare, with less than 1600 cases this year, of which 310 resulted in a fatality. In these troubling economic times, it appears the AAP decided to hit the panic button by showing the financial costs of being uncircumcised in America.
As mentioned above, circumcision is on the decline. Only 55% of newborn boys undergo the procedure, which is down from 63% in 1999. Tanner also wrote that “a recent study projected that declining U.S. circumcision rates could add more than $4 billion in health care costs in coming years because of increased illness and infections.”
The August 27th broadcast of The Today Show continued to spread the panic of being uncircumcised.
It’s the seat of irresponsibility. Tanner also mentioned that “the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Convention has estimated circumcision costs range from about $200 to $600 nationwide. Coverage varies among insurers and several states have stopped Medicaid funding for circumcisions.” Could this be another ploy from doctors to make more money? When it’s all said and done, circumcision is more of a cosmetic procedure. It’s an unnecessary dabbling in plastic surgery subsidized by the taxpayers. However, let’s look at the absurd angle of this debate.
It always amazes me how the most educated people seem to forget that we bath often in this country. If you’re shown proper hygiene, these problems will seldom be an issue for those who are intact. If you’re clean and healthy, you should be fine. It’s not that difficult to understand. It may seem like a no-brainer, but then again this is a country where parents leave their kids to bake to death in cars during the summer. It’s has become so bad that the U.S. Department of Transportation will begin a campaign to remind parents not to leave their kids to bake in the heat. It’s officially called the “Where’s baby? Look before you lock” campaign.
I’m not one to call for a nationwide ban on circumcision. That could be viewed as unconstitutional since it’s a religious practice held in high regard with Muslims and Jews. However, we should have a fair and balanced debate on this subject. We shouldn’t talk about how much in medical costs being intact could accumulate or what nasty diseases you contract–when you factor out proper hygiene. This is a touchy subject and parents should be given all the facts because stupidity is infectious. When it’s all said and done, if you teach your son to clean himself properly, you can save yourself $200-600. It’s not that hard of a decision.