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Insurance Coverage for Gynecomastia Correction – Petition

Filed under: General — Bret @ 6:50 pm Sun 26th April 2009

I came across this and thought it might interest the board since it is a specifically male issue…

It’s a petition to correct the situation where gynecomastia correction surgery is considered a 100% cosmetic procedure and not covered by insurance. Gynecomastia is a condition where a man grows female breast tissue and needless to say, it can be pretty traumatic and emotionally scarring. I’ve heard of people contemplating suicide over it. And I think the only way to correct it is surgery but that is quite expensive.

So anyway, if you think this should be covered, go ahead and check out the petition. And if not, just be glad you don’t have female breasts!

Gynecomastia Petition


  1. I “signed” the petition. A clear example of sexism and of callous denial of men’s suffering.

    Comment by Hans Laven — Mon 27th April 2009 @ 4:26 pm

  2. [quote]Hans Laven says:
    Mon 27th April 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I “signed” the petition.
    A clear example of sexism and of callous denial of men’s suffering.[/quote]

    I totally agree with this.

    Comment by Chase — Mon 4th May 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  3. In NZ surgical correction of gynecomastia is free and available on the health service.

    Comment by David — Mon 11th May 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  4. Go see your doctor, get a referral to outpatient plastic surgery, get the surgery. It is FREE in NZ.

    Comment by David — Tue 12th May 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  5. Gynecomastia surgical correction is 100% free in NZ if caused by anthing other than steroids/drug abuse.

    Comment by David — Tue 12th May 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  6. I do not have health insurance but i am with the
    ACC and unemployed, would the procedure still be free for me? And also, what part of the NZ Law
    do i need to show to my GP?

    Thank you.

    Comment by George — Sun 7th June 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  7. Just saw my GP and he said pretty much zero chance to get it covered because PRE EXISTING CONDITION…
    anyone any ideas on how to get around that issue? am 25, been with my current insurer since 21 (with a 6month break where I went overseas). Suggestions?

    Comment by Pete — Mon 8th June 2009 @ 10:22 am

  8. Hi David, youve said several times that it is free but not given any advice as to how to go about it. My doc said there isnt anything she is aware of so am curious as to your responses…


    Comment by Chris — Mon 4th October 2010 @ 11:06 am

  9. So is this a free procedure I’d like to really know . I have been serching the Web for so long with no results.

    Comment by Rob — Mon 2nd March 2015 @ 11:52 am

  10. I contacted minisrty of health and they said you can ask your gp for a refferal only if it has Caused you health issues in witch i have had severe back problems for the last 4_5 years due to the embarrasment. Seeing the doc this week.

    Comment by Bob — Tue 24th November 2015 @ 2:19 pm

  11. I completely agree that gyno surgery is so much more than just “cosmetic”, but I suppose the problem is it’s hard to say what surgeries are purely cosmetic and which ones aren’t. For instance, what if a woman was saying that her small breasts were causing her mental suffering and so breast implants should be covered by insurance?

    Comment by Matt — Thu 23rd August 2018 @ 1:23 am

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