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Acta Cir Bras. 2010 Apr;25(2):201-5.

Costs of bariatric surgery in a teaching hospital and the financing provided by the Public Unified Health System.

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  • 1Division of Digestive Surgery, Department of Surgery and Anatomy, University Hospital, FMRP-USP, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.



Analyze the effect of some measures on the costs of bariatric surgery, adopting as reference the remuneration of the procedure provided by the Unified Health System (SUS).


A retrospective evaluation conducted in the Costs Section of the University Hospital of Ribeirão Preto, of the costs involved in the perioperative period for patients submitted to bariatric surgery from 2004 to 2007. Changes in the routines and protocols of the service aiming at the reduction of these costs during the study period were also analyzed.


Nine patients in 2004 and seven in 2007 submitted to conventional vertical banded 'Roux-en-Y' gastric bypass were studied. All patients presented good postoperative evolution. The average cost with these patients was R$ 6,845.17 in 2004. Even though an effort was made to contain expenditures, the cost in 2007 was of R$ 7,525.64 because of the increase in the price of materials and medicines. The Government remuneration of the procedure in the two years was R$ 3,259.72.


Despite the adoption of diverse measures to reduce the expenditures of bariatric surgery, in fact there was an increase in the costs, a fact supporting the necessity of permanent evaluation of the financing of public health.

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