New Jersey May Cut Tax on Plastic Surgery

K. Mathews on 10 Jan 2012 at 5:00pm

New Jersey is currently in the process of repealing a law that taxes elective cosmetic surgeries. Since 2004, the state has charged an extra 6% on procedures in order to raise revenues. Opponents of the tax argue that the tax costs New Jersey more money than it brings in, as it drives patients to have their surgeries performed outside of the state instead.

The battle to end the tax has been ongoing since 2006, when the state legislature voted to overturn the tax. However, the governor at the time, Jon Corzine, vetoed the bill. Political analysts suspect that, due to his pro-business stances, current governor Chris Christie will approve the bill now that New Jersey lawmakers have passed it again.

The only other state in the country with a similar tax is Connecticut, which tacks on an additional 6.35% to elective surgeries.

Organizations including the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons and the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers have voiced their support for the end of the tax. Others are less enthusiastic about the potential change, noting that the money generated from the 6% tax has provided uninsured hospital patients with $10.8 million, which the federal government then matches dollar for dollar, this past year alone.

If the governor does sign the bill, New Jersey will gradually lower the tax on its cosmetic procedures until 2014 when it will be eliminated altogether.

What do you think?

Comments (6)

def worth coming out here!!!!! i found a great surgeon through, actually. Dr. Tom Pousti. his skills are worth every penny!
I wasnt aware they had eliminated the tax yet. i just got my mommy makeover done a week ago and choose to fly across the country to have it done by a great surgeon. the flight and hotel stay out here was only a few hundred more $ than the tax wouldve been on my procedure, if i had it in NJ!

Well, I  know Gov. Christie signed the bill repealing it last week. Not sure when it actually goes into affect. 

So in the end are you wishing you'd just had it done in-state, or are you so happy with your surgeon and results that it was worth the extra couple hundred bucks?

i live in nj and researched only for out of state plastic surgeons, because the tax raises the procedure so signicantly.

Thanks for responding, kasey! I was hoping a NJ patient would let us know how that affected them. Think you'll be more inclined to get something else done now that you don't have to go out of state?



New Jersey is such a small state, I can see how it would be quite easy for patients to drive across the border and pay no tax. It seems like a good idea in theory, but would need to be nationwide to eliminate the problem they're supposedly having. 

Of course if it were nationwide then even more people would head to Mexico to save $$ ...