Chinese authorities are set to start paying for plastic surgeries in Europe in a move that could have an impact on the lucrative international market for the surgery.
The move could put pressure on Western surgeons who are still struggling to find success in China amid a wave of health scares that have prompted a crackdown on cosmetic surgery in the country.
According to a Chinese government document obtained by CNN, the move would be financed through a Chinese private investment fund.
The government will pay the surgeon 50 percent of the surgery costs and 50 percent commission on the profit, according to the document.
The document says the procedure would be offered at private hospitals and would be performed by private companies, including in Europe, Russia, and other parts of Asia.
The government is also expected to give the surgeon a special license to perform cosmetic surgery at public hospitals.
The proposed change comes after a string of health concerns in China.
Earlier this month, the government banned all nonessential surgeries and ordered hospitals to limit their use of artificial limbs.