Longitudinal cost experience for gastric bypass patients.

  title={Longitudinal cost experience for gastric bypass patients.},
  author={Deborah Michelle Mullen and Thomas J. Marr},
  journal={Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery},
  volume={6 3},
BACKGROUND To assess the effect of gastric bypass surgery on the total cost of medical care for morbidly obese members compared with obese members and a general population. METHODS We used an observational pre-post test design to analyze the administrative claim records of 224 gastric bypass patients during 3 periods (preoperative, surgical, and postoperative years) for a total of 7.5 years. The estimated future care costs for gastric bypass patients were determined from their preoperative… CONTINUE READING