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Utilization of Primary Care Physicians by Obese Men and Women: Review for Germany and Results from the MONICA/KORA Cohorts S3/F3 and S4/F4

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Notes

  1. 1.

    The GBE does not report separate prevalencesfor moderate and severe obesity.

  2. 2.

    “Obesity-associated utilization of care” is not limited to instances where people use services explicitly because of their obesity, but more generally excess utilization by obese people compared to nonobese people (excess burden of disease). Accordingly, Hurley et al. have proposed a method to consider “baseline health care costs” (in terms of costs of illness observable in the subpopulation not affected by a condition) in order to determine attributable (and in this sense“specific”) costs of the condition [6].

  3. 3.

    Underweight and associated health disorders are not the topic of this chapter.

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von Lengerke, T., Menn, P., Holle, R., Mielck, A., Meisinger, C., Wolfenstetter, S. (2014). Utilization of Primary Care Physicians by Obese Men and Women: Review for Germany and Results from the MONICA/KORA Cohorts S3/F3 and S4/F4. In: Janssen, C., Swart, E., von Lengerke, T. (eds) Health Care Utilization in Germany. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9191-0_12

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