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Little difference in access to surgery in Sweden on socioeconomic status

There is very little difference in access to bariatric surgery in Sweden with regards to socioeconomic status among patients with BMI>40, according to researchers from Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Bariatric surgery has minimal impact on insurance under ACA

In the US, most states do not cover bariatric surgery under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) despite the need for effective treatments for obesity and the minimal impact it has on monthly premiums, according to new research presented at ObesityWeek 2015, hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS).

Major gender disparity among bariatric patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified demographic, socioeconomic and cultural factors that contribute to a major gender disparity among US men and women undergoing bariatric surgery. The study, Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Do Not Reach Obese Men', published in the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, reports that 80% percent of patients who undergo bariatric surgery are female, despite equal rates of obesity among American men and women.

Study calls for increase in publicly-funded surgery

The Australian government should increase access to publicly funded lap-band surgery for obese patients to reduce the health inequities for those most in need, according to research titled, ‘The efficacy of bariatric surgery performed in the public sector for obese patients with comorbid conditions’, published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Systematic review to access inequities to bariatric surgery

A systematic review of the literature exploring the inequities to the access of bariatric surgery is being conducted as part of the PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews. An overview of the review was announced online in Systematic Reviews published by BioMed Central.

Clinical comment: Access to surgery

Following his recent paper, "Laparoscopic bariatric surgery can be performed safely in secondary health care centres with a dedicated service corridor to an affiliated tertiary health care centre" (Canadian journal of surgery. 2013 56(4):E68-74), Dr Nicolas Christou discusses the recent developments in Canada regarding access to bariatric surgery...

Caucasians more likely to have bariatric surgery

Eligible white patients are twice as likely to have bariatric surgery compared with black patients, according to research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The study researchers claim the discrepancy is partly the result of differences in insurance coverage.

Obamacare denying patients access to bariatric surgery

The Affordable Care Act (also known as ‘Obamacare’) could have the unintended consequence of denying many patients access to bariatric surgery.

One of the key components of the ACA is a mandate that state health exchanges cover a set of health care service categories it has defined as Essential Health Benefits (EHB). Categories include ambulatory patient services, prescription drugs, and chronic disease management, among others.  

Access to bariatric surgery unfair and unethical

At a recent conference hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in the UK, senior bariatric surgeons have blasted access to National Health Service (NHS) weight-loss surgery as ‘inconsistent, unethical and completely dependent on geographical location’. The criticisms were voiced following the publication of an anonymous survey of UK bariatric surgeons.

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