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Economics and Policy in Bariatric Surgery

  • Thomas J. HoergerEmail author
Economics and Policy in Diabetes (AA Baig and N Laiteerapong, Section Editors)
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Abstract

Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to provide current synthesis of the evidence on the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery for persons with diabetes.

Recent Findings

Virtually, every study that has evaluated the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery for persons who are obese and have type 2 diabetes has concluded that surgery is cost-effective. A few studies outside the USA found that surgery is cost-saving. Currently, most but not all US insurers cover bariatric surgery in persons with type 2 diabetes and BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2.

Summary

Bariatric surgery is a cost-effective treatment for persons with type 2 diabetes and BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2. There is interest in extending surgery to persons with diabetes and lower BMI; the cost-effectiveness of treating these individuals with bariatric surgery should be explored. Despite the potential benefits, not all obese or overweight persons with diabetes will choose surgery.

Keywords

Bariatric surgery Diabetes Cost-effectiveness 

Notes

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Conflicts of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Health Economics ProgramRTI InternationalDurhamUSA

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