Technology Education Center, “Special
Report: The Relationship Between Weight Loss and Changes in
Morbidity Following Bariatric Surgery for Morbid Obesity.” Vol.
18, No. 9, September 2003.
I just returned from speaking in Boca Raton,
FL. As you may know, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida will no
longer cover weight loss surgery in Florida effective January 1,
2005. Knowing that, I was shocked to read the article referenced
above. It is a very long and complete report about how health
improves following weight loss surgery. In fact, quoting from the
4th paragraph, “There is sufficient evidence to
conclude that surgery improves health outcomes for patients with
morbid obesity as compared to non-surgical treatment.” I would say
that is rather supportive language. Notice who wrote the report
in support of weight loss surgery – The Blue Cross Blue Shield
Association!!! In all good conscience, I wonder how they can then
deny weight loss surgery as a benefit to their Florida members.