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Chhabra KR, Fan Z, Chao GF
The role of commercial health insurance characteristics in bariatric surgery utilization.
The goal of this study was to understand relationships among insurance plan type, out-of-pocket cost sharing, and the utilization of bariatric surgery among commercially insured patients. Over 73,000 commercially insured members of the IBM MarketScan commercial claims database who underwent bariatric surgery from 2014-17 were retroactively reviewed. Findings showed that insurance plan types with higher cost sharing have lower utilization of bariatric surgery.
AHRQ-funded; HS025778; HS000053.
Citation: Chhabra KR, Fan Z, Chao GF . The role of commercial health insurance characteristics in bariatric surgery utilization. Ann Surg 2021 Jun;273(6):1150-56. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000003569..
Keywords: Health Insurance, Obesity, Obesity: Weight Management, Surgery, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Utilization