HALIFAX – For some women breast reduction surgeries are considered medically necessary and are covered by their provincial health plan, but one Halifax-area women says Nova Scotia’s rules are too restrictive.
Melody Harding wears an “n” or “o” cup, but says she doesn’t meet the 27 or under body mass index required to have the surgery covered here in the province.
Paying out of pocket would cost her from $9,000 to $11,000.
Harding tells NEWS 95.7 she would like to see the province adopt similar policies to those in New Brunswick.
“They have criteria that’s similar, however they also evaluate on a case-by-case basis, which Nova Scotia does not and absolutely refuses to do,” said Harding.
The province also requires the patient to require 400 grams or more of tissue removed from each breast and have documented physical symptoms attributed to the size of their breast such as neck or back pain.
Harding adds she meets both those criteria.