Variation in public-funded bariatric surgery intervention rate by New Zealand region

Intern Med J. 2019 Mar;49(3):391-395. doi: 10.1111/imj.14226.


Inequitable access to bariatric surgery by geographical region has been reported internationally, but comparable data on provision of bariatric surgery have not previously been reported in New Zealand. We examined allocated funding and provision of bariatric surgery amongst different regions in New Zealand in the 2013/14 year, and found that there was large variation in both. This highlights that public funded bariatric surgery needs to take into account population prevalence of morbid obesity to reduce inequities by geographical region.

Keywords: New Zealand; bariatric surgery; morbid obesity.

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Obesity, Morbid / epidemiology*
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Prevalence