Realistic Or Ruthless? Palliative Care For The Obese

Give this British doc credit for touching the third rail of healthcare! ┬áIs this a realistic treatment strategy, harshly judgmental, or something else? (Add your comments below – your email always stays private.)

Many severely obese people would benefit medically from bariatric surgery. Yet it’s often not covered by insurance, nor is there currently enough capacity in the healthcare system to treat everyone.

So given this reality, how do we decide who gets care? Draw names out of a hat? First-come, first-served? Set up decision criteria for who’s likeliest to benefit? Or something else?

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