Health Costs and Insurance Claims Less for Morbidly Obese after Bariatric Surgery - MarketWatch
Health insurance companies have been reluctant to cover the cost of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery not because they are opposed to supporting dramatic weight reduction, but rather because the majority of previous data indicated that long term health care needs post-surgery were significantly higher and included exposure to some of the some of the most expensive and long term medical care. A new study in the American Journal of Managed Care challenges this belief, saying that the procedures reduce health care costs. A six year study of actual claims after the weight-reducing surgery indicates a net gain in terms of health of the patients and financial expenditures for health care.
If other studies confirm this finding, the AMA and insurance companies are more likely to embrace the procedure as "ordinary treatment" for obesity as defined under most major medical insurance plans.health insurance for overweight people