Ontario government funding for Bariatric Surgery sign now

In Canada, the Ontario provincial government is seriously considering cutting OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) funding for a life-saving medical procedure: bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese. I am petitioning the government and asking for public support on this pressing health care issue.

Recent research on the etiology of morbid obesity (defined as being 100 lbs. or more overweight) has highlighted the need to view this condition as a disease process. For instance, obese individuals have been shown to have abnormally insensitive insulin and leptin receptors, in addition to anomalous ghrelin and peptide YY3-36 levels. In fact, research conducted by Dr. Robert Dent at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario has identified up to 11 genes implicated in the development of morbid obesity. It is the common opinion of the majority of bariatric physicians that the problem of serious, lifelong obesity is not simply the result of sloth and gluttony.

That being said, however, it is not necessarily relevant whether or not one chooses to accept the wealth of empirical support for the disease model of morbid obesity. The Canadian health care system does not differentiate between self-inflicted physical pathology and pathologies brought on through no fault of the patient. We still treat smokers who develop lung cancer, and we still treat drunk drivers and skydivers who injure themselves through their own actions. The fact that morbid obesity appears to be biologically-determined, then, simply makes the notion of funding cuts to obesity
surgery that much more tragic and discriminatory.

Morbidly obese individuals cannot simply go on another diet and lose their excess weight. They have already tried that. In fact, many of them have already lost (and regained) more than they weigh. To quote a popular statistic, 96 to 99\% of dieters will regain their weight (and then some) after traditional diets. And virtually all bariatric surgeons nevertheless require that patients have a documented history of failed dieting attempts. It is also especially noteworthy that the National Institutes of Health in the United States has stated that surgery is the ONLY effective, long-term treatment for morbid obesity.

It behooves the Ontario government not only to continue to fund obesity surgery, but to increase the amount of health care dollars devoted to it. Doing so would actually save the government money in the long run. Morbidly obese individuals can be expected to drain the health care system much more than the initial cost of obesity surgery. The resultant health problems such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, and diabetes (just a few of the many) have been shown in the scientific literature to be ameliorated and even eliminated with surgical treatment. Clearly, it makes financial sense to alleviate and/or prevent these chronic, comorbid conditions.

The Ontario government is encouraged not only look at the immediate picture, but look at the issues logically and in the longer term. It is my sincere hope that it takes these issues to heart and makes compassionate and logical decisions regarding funding for obesity surgery.

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