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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

Choices, money, and attitude problemsThe rationing debate is the great debate we are not having, although health service researchers and journalists keep trying to spark it into life. This week we learn that purchasers' prejudices against funding breast reduction surgery are probably unfounded. Although cosmetic surgical procedures are being increasingly excluded from service contracts, Anne Kiassen and colleagues show that women's health status improves after breast reduction surgery (p 454). Tattoo removal is similarly under threat - yet the before and after illustrations on p 501 suggest that laser assisted removal of tattoos might be similarly life enhancing - …

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