Bariatric surgery in Tasmania: Investigating health service use, costs, patient outcomes and policy options
About 1 in 20 Tasmanians are severely obese. Bariatric surgery can improve health for individuals with severe obesity but access to surgery is poor for most public patients. This study will investigate the pathways of patients referred for bariatric surgery in the Tasmanian public and private hospital systems to better understand the demand for surgery, the health outcomes, and costs associated with these different pathways. The findings will inform public policy and resource allocation.