Access to bariatric surgery to tackle diabetes and obesity epidemic

Date published:
08 Sep 2023

diabetes news tileThe RACP says the Australian Government should be increasing access to bariatric surgeries to help reduce rates of diabetes and obesity. Many patients are being forced to wait years to access bariatric surgery and can’t afford to pay through the private system.

“Prevention measures are very important, but attention should also be given to improving access to treatments for people who are living with obesity – these include things like bariatric surgery and effective medicines" says RACP President, Dr Jacqueline Small.

“The Federal Government should also increase the PBS subsidies for obesity and diabetes medicines to ensure that treatment for these often-linked conditions isn’t limited by individual affordability."

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