The US Senate passed a bill that would prohibit doctors from prescribing growth-in-medicine treatments to patients with medical conditions like acne or rashes, according to a report from Forbes.
The bill, known as the ‘Dollar Beauty Act’, passed in a voice vote in the Senate last week.
“It is the first time the US Congress has attempted to impose such a requirement on doctors who perform cosmetic procedures on patients,” Forbes wrote.
The report noted that the legislation would allow “cosmetic practitioners” to avoid paying for “in-house” tests and treatments.
“The bill would make it a felony for a doctor to recommend cosmetic procedures for patients with cosmetic diseases, including but not limited to, dermatological conditions, inflammatory disorders, rashes and other conditions that may result in acne, hair loss, hair discoloration, or excessive body hair,” Forbes reported.
The ‘Dollars Beauty Act’ would also prevent a doctor from recommending cosmetic treatments to a patient with a condition that is not listed as a qualifying condition under the Affordable Care Act, such as chronic fatigue syndrome or Crohn’s disease.
Forbes noted that there are no medical criteria that doctors would need to prove a patient has a qualifying health condition.
“As the law goes into effect, doctors could recommend cosmetic treatments for any condition that the bill says qualifies, including cancer, diabetes, depression, anxiety, anxiety disorder, or any other condition the bill states qualifies, even if the patient has not received an approved treatment,” Forbes noted.