Medical advances of this type can
have significant consequences. Here are some possible questions
that will have to be answered:
Will regular insurance companies be expected to pay for these
types of prosthetics, and what impacts will that have on the employer who
pays a portion of the premiums and on the employee who has to pay higher
premiums to cover these kinds of services?
Will special insurance programs develop like those for
long-term health care?
Should society pay through government programs such as
Medicare and Medicaid?
There is a potential impact on hospitals, should they absorb
the costs of people without insurance, or should medical insurance companies
change to handle it?
Will special counseling for those who have implants be
needed? Will a field of psychologists and psychiatrists specifically
devoted to this group develop?
Schools may have to start implementing programs to work on
children accepting individuals with prosthetics.
New forms of prejudice may develop against people with
prosthetics because they are seen as different and in a minority?