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Weight Loss Surgery Doesn’t Cut Health Costs
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A report concluding that weight loss surgery in 29,820 obese BlueCross BlueShield enrollees did not result in lower health costs compared with similar enrollees who didn’t have the procedure is being attacked by bariatric surgeons who say the research was “irresponsible.” The study, by Johns Hopkins University health economists, found that while those who had the surgery had lower costs for medication and physician’s office visits up to six years later than a similarly obese group that did not undergo surgery, those reductions were overcome by much higher hospital costs in the surgery group.