“Al-Juhani” to “Okaz”: Inclusion of “obesity” surgeries in health insurance next month – Saudi News

The Executive Director of Empowerment and Supervision, Spokesperson for the Health Insurance Council, Dr. Nasser Al-Juhani, revealed to “Okaz” the start of applying the new standards to cover obesity surgeries as of October 1, 2022, and this includes private health insurance beneficiaries who have new and renewed policies from this date and beyond, according to what they include. The benefits package and the updated insurance coverage limits, indicating that the eligibility for insurance coverage for obesity procedures and operations in the event of a body mass exceeding 40 and higher without complications, or a body mass of 35 and higher in the event of concomitant chronic diseases, indicating that insurance coverage for obesity operations aims to develop more and more appropriate options For health insurance beneficiaries in the council’s efforts to reduce obesity rates, the decline in obesity rates depends not only on operations, but on other factors such as changing lifestyle such as reducing sugar and fats, maintaining appropriate exercise and following a healthy and balanced diet and other factors, stressing that insurance coverage Include all age groups; This is in accordance with the best clinical practices, as bariatric operations are performed based on eligibility criteria based on the best evidence, international clinical evidence, and the Saudi Guideline for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.

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