Queensland Australian Government pledges A$8m for bariatric surgery in bid to tackle obesity
Severely obese Victorians will have greater access to potentially life-saving weight loss surgery, with the state government providing $8 million to fund 200 extra weight-loss surgeries a year. Obesity is a major health problem in Victoria, with 17 per cent of adults obese and another 55 per cent of people overweight.
The Austin and Alfred hospitals and the Western District Health Service in Hamilton, which all specialise in bariatric treatments, including lap-band surgery, will share the $8 million over the next four years. A 2010 study by Queensland and Deakin universities into the cost-effectiveness of preventive healthcare found lap-band surgery was effective in reducing future health co