Vom Antrag auf Kostengutsprache bis zur bariatrischen Operation: Personelle Ressourcenanalyse an einem Zentrum der Maximalversorgung

Translated title of the contribution: The way from cost approval to bariatric surgery: Analysis of resource utilization in a maximum care hospital

F. Nickel, C. Tapking, U. Zech, K. Huennemeyer, A. T. Billeter, P. C. Müller, H. G. Kenngott, B. P. Müller-Stich, L. Fischer

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Background: Morbid obesity is a medical and economic challenge. Patients who have the indications for bariatric surgery face a long way from the first visit until surgery and a high utilization of resources is required. Objectives: The present study aimed to evaluate labor costs and labor time required to supervise obese patients from their first visit until preparation of a bariatric report to ask for cost acceptance of bariatric surgery from their health insurance. In addition, the reasons for not receiving bariatric surgery after receiving cost acceptance from the health insurance were evaluated. Material and methods: Patients who had indications for bariatric surgery according to the S3 guidelines between 2012 and 2013, were evaluated regarding labor costs and labor time of the process from the first visit until receiving cost acceptance from their health insurance. Furthermore, body mass index (BMI), age, sex, Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS) stage and comorbidities were evaluated. Patients who had not received surgery up to December 2015 were contacted via telephone to ask for the reasons. Results: In the present study 176 patients were evaluated (110 females, 62.5%). Until preparation of a bariatric report the patients required an average of 2.7 combined visits in the department of surgery with the department of nutrition, 1.7 visits in the department of psychosomatic medicine, 1.5 separate visits in the department of nutrition and 1.4 visits in the department of internal medicine. Average labor costs from the first visit until the bariatric survey were 404.90 ± 117.00 euros and 130 out of 176 bariatric reports were accepted by the health insurance (73.8%). For another 40 patients a second bariatric survey was made and 20 of these (50%) were accepted, which results in a total acceptance rate of 85.2% (150 out of 176). After a mean follow-up of 2.8 ± 1.1 years only 93 out of 176 patients had received bariatric surgery (53.8%). Of these 16 had received acceptance of surgery by their health insurance only after a second bariatric survey. Conclusion: A large amount of labor and financial resources are required for treatment of obese patients from first presentation up to bariatric surgery. The cost-benefit calculation of an obesity center needs to include that approximately one half of the patients do not receive surgery within more than 2.5 years.

Translated title of the contributionThe way from cost approval to bariatric surgery: Analysis of resource utilization in a maximum care hospital
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)595-601
Number of pages7
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Health expenditures
  • Health insurance
  • Metabolic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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