Male circumcision is being done a lot. It is a good source of income for the medical industry and will continue to be done for profit as long as profits doing the procedure can be made. Male circumcision is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
Although circumcision is expensive, and even though that is good for the medical industry, one thing is certain, the ads that promote the procedure often show photos of smiling baby boys. The impression one is being left with by those photos is that circumcision makes baby boys happy.
- United States
Whether it is covered by health insurance or not,
“…circumcision for an older child or adult male typically costs $800-$3,000 or more. For example, Gentle Circumcision charges $850 for children 1 to 17 years, $1,500 for adults if local anesthesia is used and $3,000 for adults if general anesthesia is used. Harold Reed, M.D. charges $250 for an initial consultation and $1,750 for the surgery, including doctor fee, anesthesia and facility fee, for a total of $2,000. And The Circumcision Center in Georgia charges $2,500 if the foreskin is retractable and $3,000 if the foreskin is not retractable.” More….
That is what doctors and co-beneficiaries in the U.S. receive for a single procedure. It is not clear whether those costs include hospital charges. If there are any complications from the procedure, the costs can escalate far higher than $3,000.
The costs in Canada are, for example, in
Pricing for Infant Circumcision: The cost for circumcising a baby under 4 weeks of age is $299 plus applicable taxes.
The price increases with age, and we offer procedures for boys up to 1 year old, as well as for adult men.
Pricing for Adult Circumcision: The cost for adult circumcision at our Toronto clinic is $1697.
According to various statements at this discussion thread, costs to parents for single circumcisions of baby boys range from $200 to $600. That is apparently what parents pay. The contribution by a health insurance plan would be over and above that. More….
Good luck with getting accurate information on the cost of circumcision. Look at this information provided by a professional:
“….The procedure is covered when it is medically indicated. Otherwise it is considered an elective procedure. It can be performed by a qualified pediatrician or urologist. It can be done in hospital or a clinic. It also can be done by a trained non-physician for ritualistic circumcisions.
The cost of the procedure varies based on who does it and where it is performed (typically more expensive in a hospital than a clinic). You are right that the typical cost is approximately $400 [quite likely not including hospital costs — Walter] or more [when including hospital costs —Walter]. Speak with your family doctor or pediatrician about who is qualified in your area and whether there might be a sliding scale for payment based on your personal circumstances.
CIRCUMCISION RATES DECREASING:
Number of infants circumcised in Canadian hospitals in 1995-1996: 35,731
Number of infants circumcised in Canadian hospitals in 2008-2009: 13,157
– Canadian Institute for Health Information
Published in May, 2011.”
Circumcision surgical procedure not without risk
This Wikipedia article on the circumcision surgical procedure (there is a fairly large variety of them) goes into some detail on the risk of circumcision.
“Complications may include bleeding, infection, and too little or too much tissue removal. Deaths are rare. After the newborn period, circumcision has a higher risk of complications, especially bleeding and anesthetic complications.” —Wikipedia article, second paragraph in Introduction
“The American Academy of Pediatrics reviewed one study of 1,000 newborn Gomco circumcisions in a hospital setting in Saudi Arabia and rated it “fair evidence.” The study found an overall complication rate of 1.9%. Bleeding occurred in 0.6% of cases, infection in 0.4%, and insufficient foreskin removed in 0.3%.” —Wikipedia article, Gomco Clamp
The Wikipedia article on circumcision describes seven more surgical instruments and “in situ” devices, whose risks range from that “the glans can be pulled into the slit and crushed or partially severed.” (resulting in damage awards of more than ten million dollars) to a variety of consequences and severity in up to 5% of procedures.
A consolation offered by the article is, as quoted above, that “Deaths are rare.” That means that deaths due to circumcisions are not unheard of.
All of that of course helps to drive up the costs of health care services and health insurance. It is extremely doubtful that the controversial health benefits of circumcision are of primary concern in the promotion of and demand for the procedure.
General context of the history and social traditions of circumcision
Wikipedia does of course have an article on that. That article does not delve much into the discriminatory circumstances of circumcision (re: male vs. female circumcision), other than to state in its first line: “This article is about male circumcision. For female circumcision, see Female genital mutilation.”
A much more informative and far more exhaustive exploration of that subject is contained in this:
The practice of female circumcision or infibulation – otherwise known by such emotive and value-laden neologisms as ‘female genital mutilation’ and ‘female genital cutting’ – is unlawful throughout the West and indeed most of the world.
“Surveying patterns of genital mutilation cross-culturally, two findings become very clear. First, male genital mutilation is far more commonly practised cross-culturally than is female genital mutilation; and, second, the forms male genital mutilation has taken, and continues to take, among some pre-modern and ‘primitive’ peoples are at least as brutal as any form of genital mutilation to which females have been subjected.”
Throughout the West, the practice is opposed across the entirety of the mainstream political spectrum, from the nationalist and anti-Islamic ‘far-right’, who associate the practice with African and Islamic third-world barbarism, to the feminist-infested far-left, who associate the practice with the alleged ‘patriarchal oppression of women’ in traditional societies.
In contrast, however, male circumcision is widely tolerated, entirely lawful and indeed widely practiced even within the borders of liberal democratic Western polities.
Indeed, in the USA, as of 2013, a majority of new-born boys are still circumcised.
In contrast to the high profile and widely supported campaigns to eradicate female circumcision worldwide, opposition to male circumcision is decidedly marginal and muted.
Indeed, such opposition as does exist seems to be largely confined a marginal fringe, composed largely of (1) anti-religious secularists, who associate the practice with outdated superstition and religious barbarism; (2) anti-Semites, who associate the practice with the allegedly unique barbarism and cruelty of the Jews; and finally, (3) Men’s Rights Activists, who see the practice as an example of how society tolerates and sanctions violence against the male body…. (much more)
—”The Many Manifestations of Male Genital Mutilation: From Circumcision to Sub-Incision and Castration”
by “VEL – The Contemporary Heretic”