Australian Government pledges A$8m for bariatric surgery in bid to tackle obesity

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.
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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     Read more…     facebook like banner

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