Money saved by defunding circumcision can go to necessary, life-saving healthcare, improving healthcare to the poor.Circumcision proponents say that defunding Medicaid paid circumcisions reduce healthcare for the poor; this is not only false, but also unethical. Infant circumcision is not healthcare; defunding circumcision means more money is available for healthcare. This claim is substantiated by the Federal Government; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has defined elective circumcision (ICD-9-CM V50.2) as medically unnecessary. And, Congress appropriates funds only for medically necessary services (42 U.S.C. 1396(1)). Infant circumcision is not recommended by any national medical health organization in the world, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society.
Routine, non-therapeutic infant circumcision costs taxpayers up to $70 million annually, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Costs are more when payments for complications and extended hospital stays are included. Sixteen states reallocate millions of dollars each year by not funding infant circumcision - Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.