The Medical Board of Australia has today published , Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures, which will come into effect on 1 October 2016.
Of particular interest are the following provisions:
- A possible fiduciary duty at [2.7], which requires that a medical practitioner should decline to perform a cosmetic procedure if they believe that it is not in the best interests of the patient;
- The medical practitioner should not offer financing schemes to patients (other than credit card facilities), either directly or through a third party, such as loans or commercial payment plans, as part of the cosmetic medical or surgical services: [12.4];
- Provision to the patient of information as to the medical practitioner’s qualifications and experience: [4.1];
- Before any major procedure, all patients under the age of 18 must be referred for evaluation to a psychologist, psychiatrist or general practitioner , who works independently of the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure, to identify any significant underlying psychological problems which may make them an unsuitable candidate for the procedure. The same applies to adult patients if htere is an indication that the patient has ‘significant’ underlying psychological problems which may make them an unsuitable candidate for the procedure. ([3.4], [2.4]);
- A cooling-off period of at least 7 days: [2.5].