POLITICS

Newfoundland and Labrador won't change coverage policy for skin removal surgery

03/07/2012 12:34 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador won't change its coverage policy on skin removal surgery after conducting a review of the service.

The province's Health Department reviewed the policies of other provincial health insurance plans on excess skin removal as well as professional guidelines.

If found that eight provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, pay for the removal of excess skin anywhere on the body if it's deemed medically necessary — such as with skin breakdown and chronic infections that are unresponsive to treatment.

Health Minister Susan Sullivan says that shows the province's coverage policy is consistent with best practices and there's no need for a change.

She says surgeons will still be the ones who determine when skin removal is medically necessary.