Bariatric surgery found to reduce future health care costs
The investigators found that in each of the four years after surgery, the patients' health care costs decreased by 12, 28, 37, and 35 percent, respectively. There were even larger reductions in health care costs for those who had type 2 diabetes: 23, 49, 61, and 69 percent, respectively. Health care costs for those who had gastric bypass surgery were $7,592 less per patient over four years than for those who did not have the surgery.
And, the authors added, among patients with diabetes, health care costs for those who had gastric bypass surgery were $22,609 less per patient over four years than for those who did not have the surgery, a savings of 78 percent. In addition, the researchers found that about 70 percent of patients with diabetes also saw a remission of their disease after surgery. The average cost of the gastric bypass surgery in the study was $25,238, according to the report.
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