Paying patients to lose weight works

FINANCIAL incentive programs for weight loss are effective, but the reduction in weight may not be sustained, a systematic review shows.

Jaithri Ananthapavan, senior research fellow in health economics at Deakin University, says the NHMRC-funded study will inform modelling of the cost-effectiveness of incentives provided by private health insurers.

“If you do provide a financial incentive it will increase the amount of weight people lose compared to controls, but the evidence is only for the short term,” Mrs Ananthapavan told Medical Observer.

“There [are] very few