Petition Closed
Petitioning The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Remove infant circumcision from the Medicare Benefits Schedule


There is almost no medical reason to amputate the foreskin from a baby boy. In countries that respect the bodily integrity of their children it is almost unheard of. But in Australia we cut healthy, functional skin from the genitals of 12% of our baby boys, and the Government funds it through the Medicare Benefits Schedule. While there is a therapeutic requirement to the Medicare item, doctors abuse the system by claiming phimosis (non-retractable foreskin) as the medical condition, when the foreskin is supposed to be non-retractable for babies. The Government either needs to strictly enforce the therapeutic requirement or remove the item completely, as it did for female circumcision many years ago. Our baby boys deserve the same protection.

Letter to
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP.

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Remove infant circumcision from the Medicare Benefits Schedule

There is almost no medical reason to amputate the foreskin from a baby boy. In countries that respect the bodily integrity of their children it is almost unheard of. But in Australia we cut healthy, functional skin from the genitals of 12% of our baby boys, and the Government funds it through the Medicare Benefits Schedule. While there is a therapeutic requirement to the Medicare item, doctors abuse the system by claiming phimosis (non-retractable foreskin) as the medical condition, when the foreskin is supposed to be non-retractable for babies. The Government either needs to strictly enforce the therapeutic requirement or remove the item completely, as it did for female circumcision many years ago. Our baby boys deserve the same protection.
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Sincerely,