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Weighing the Costs / Obesity Surgery #776966

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jan 15, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) North American Assn. for the Study of Obesity statistics on the cost of obesity-related problems cited.

(Washington: Nancy Weiner) Medicare's consideration of paying for gastric bypass surgery for overweight seniors examined; details given of the conditions for paying for the surgery. [Surgery patient Paulette VANATTI‡- says she was tired of fighting the weight battle.] [Pittsburgh Medical Center Dr. Madelyn FERNSTROM†- says the surgery keeps the weight off.] [Center for Medicaid & medicare services Dr. Mark McCLELLAN†- says we need to know more about the treatment.] [Harvard Medical Center Dr. George BLACKBURN†- terms the surgery relatively safe.] [Medicare recipient Barbara DOHERTY†- talks costs for Medicare.]

Woodruff, Bob;
Weiner, Nancy

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