Five Minutes with... The Economic Impact of Bariatric Surgery Study Investigators

Bariatric Times, November 2008

In a recent issue of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), a study was published that finds for the first time that bariatric surgery is cost effective and that insurers are able to recoup the procedure's costs within two years—even after accounting for complications. The study finds that healthcare costs for morbidly obese patients who had the surgery were $900 lower per month than their counterparts who did not have surgery. Additionally, the study found that the complete cost of surgery, including complications, was fully recovered after 25 months.

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Cremieux P, Buchwald H, Shikora S, Ghosh A, Yang E, Buessing M