Obesity surgery also a cost-saver

September 10, 2008 2:28:32 PM PDT
Obesity surgery may not only benefit a patient's health, it seems to save money in the long run. This finding from the University of Quebec at Montreal may be of interest to insurance companies.

Some insurers have been reluctant to cover bariatric surgery. But the study finds insurers recoup the cost of weight loss surgery within two to four years. That's because patients who were once morbidly obese lose weight and eventually no longer need costly medication or doctors visits for illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.