Inequity constrains surgical solution
Despite its well-documented effectiveness in treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, in Australia bariatric surgery is a treatment for the rich.
An Australian National University study published in 2012 showed that those with household incomes over $70,000 were five times more likely to have bariatric surgery than those with incomes under $20,000. 1
Over 90% of bariatric surgery is done in private practice, and public patient waiting lists are more than seven years. 2