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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,


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.

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