Public access to bariatric surgery blocked by private patients

The long wait for public patients to access bariatric surgery is being drawn out by the high number of  private patients on public wait lists for revision surgery, according to Australian research.

A study of South Australian data has found more than a quarter (27%) of all bariatric procedures are revisions.

In addition, 51% of revisions are being performed in the public system on patients who initially had their procedure in a private hospital.

The University of Adelaide and Flinders University researchers identified 301 such patients between 2000 and 2015.

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