7/12/07

Did you know...

that surgeons and anesthesiologist in Alberta can now bill an additional 25 per cent for a range of procedures on patients whose body mass index is greater than 35? According to a wonderful little article titled "the perks of treating the fat of the land" in next week's Maclean's magazine, patients with a higher BMI have to have deeper incisions, organs shoved aside around fleshy mounds and there must be more safeguards in place during surgery to ensure a patient doesn't suffocate beneath their own weight. To compensate for the extra work and care, the Alberta Medical Association and the Ministry of Health struck a deal that will cost Alberta $2.9 million a year. Apparently Ontario has had a similar structure in place since 2001. Who knew?

9 comments:

~paige~ said...

i had no idea...now i am off to reserach it

Shannon said...

wow. that is crazy. albeta health care SUCKS to begin with. can you believe we have to pay $44 a month to have health care? GEEZ.

Sara said...

That's crazy. The stuff you learn!

Lindsay said...

No I didnt know... hmmm interesting...
I guess it kind of makes sense, or does it?

i am not familar with other provinces health care systems though...

Lindsay said...

well i am glad i am not the only that gets mind f*cks during a race!! phew.. lol.. i thought that some people would find it easier as they have a concrete goal in mind...

Angie All The Way said...

Well I can't say I think it's really all that outrageous. Facts are facts and being obese is a serious health risk. Those people are there to keep you alive during a procedure and being obese creates additional complications for surgery. And our society is becomming more obese and that in turn costs more money in health care.

~♥ Amanda ♥~ said...

that's very interesting!

Heather said...

It does make sense, espcially considering how obesity lead to more health complications and ergo more live saving operations.

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

You look AMAZING! Talk about an inspiration!

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