Gastric bypass surgery will pay for itself, say Australian experts

5th May 2011

Obese patients concerned about the cost of weight-loss treatments such as gastric bypass surgery should realise that it will eventually "pay for itself", according to Australian experts.

A report launched at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons annual scientific conference showed that the long-term effects of weight loos surgery would save money for patients and that within around three-and-a-half years the surgery would have paid for itself.

Lynne Pezzullo, director of Deloitte Access Economics and lead partner of the Deloitte Heath Economics and Social Policy group, which published the study, said: "Quite apart from the substantial health system costs associated with being obese - such as the treatment costs for conditions like diabetes and heart disease there is also the loss of income connected with diseases that obese people are at increased risk of - like cancer."

Other specialists have said that the psychological effects of weight-loss surgery may also lead to an increase in income, as people become more confident and self-assured following treatment.

Gastric bypass surgery can cost around £10,000 in the UK.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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