Trends: Use and costs of bariatric surgery and prescription weight-loss medications

William E. Encinosa, Didem M. Bernard, Claudia A. Steiner, Chi Chang Chen

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Abstract

The extent of use of bariatric surgery and weight-loss medications is unknown. Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, we estimate that the number of bariatric surgeries grew 400 percent between 1998 and 2002; such surgeries were performed on 0.6 percent of the 11.5 million adults clinically eligible in 2002. Hospital costs for bariatric surgery grew sixfold to $948 million in 2002. The inpatient death rate declined 64 percent. Among employers that covered weight-loss drugs in 2002, less than 2.4 percent of adults clinically eligible for these drugs used them, with average annual spending of $304 per user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1039-1046
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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    Encinosa, W. E., Bernard, D. M., Steiner, C. A., & Chen, C. C. (2005). Trends: Use and costs of bariatric surgery and prescription weight-loss medications. Health Affairs, 24(4), 1039-1046. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.24.4.1039