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Health Care Anal. 2014 Dec;22(4):305-24. doi: 10.1007/s10728-012-0216-1.

Why Bariatric surgery should be given high priority: an argument from law and morality.

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Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Box 200, 405 30, Göthenburg, Sweden, karl.persson@filosofi.gu.se.

Abstract

In recent years, bariatric surgery has become an increasingly popular treatment of obesity. The amount of resources spent on this kind of surgery has led to a heated debate among health care professionals and the general public, as each procedure costs at minimum $14,500 and thousands of patients undergo surgery every year. So far, no substantial argument for or against giving this treatment a high priority has, however, been presented. In this article, I argue that regardless which moral perspective we consider--greatest need, utility or personal responsibility--the conclusion is that we should give bariatric surgery a high priority when allocating scarce resources in health care.

PMID:
22791464
DOI:
10.1007/s10728-012-0216-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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