Bill puts squeeze on liposuction

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With the sponsor pointing to deaths in Broward County, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a bill that would place new regulations on doctors who perform liposuction procedures, reports the News Service of Florida. The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee voted 6-0 to approve SB 544, which would require physicians to register their offices with the Department of Health and get inspections if they perform liposuctions that involve more than 1,000 cubic centimeters of fat. Sponsor Eleanor Sobel, a Hollywood Democrat whose husband is a dermatologist, said the proposal stems, at least in part, from two deaths in Broward County. The Florida Medical Association and Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons supported the measure. While the subcommittee unanimously approved the bill, Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek, said he always has questions when an industry supports more regulation. “Sometimes that means, ‘We want to squeeze the little guy out by having more regulation,’ ” Oelrich said.

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