A new hope for morbid obese patients in India
Insurance Company to pay Mediclaim of Rs 3+ lakhs to Weight Loss Surgery Patient
Bariatric Surgery is a metabolic surgery and cannot be considered as cosmetic surgery. Consumer dispute redressal forum in Vadodara accepted this fact and a patient named Pratima Parikh received the mediclaim of Rs. 3.24 lakh with 9% interest.
Mrs. Pratima Parikh weighing 124 kg was morbidly obese with BMI 58.54 and she underwent bariatric surgery. She had mediclaim policy with National Insurance Co. Ltd., but the company rejected her claim by citing the surgery falls under the category of cosmetic surgery and cannot be reimbursed.
Her husband filed the case in Vadodara and by quoting the facts it was proved that “Repudiation of claim by the insurance company is deficiency in service and unfair trade practice”. Court noted in its order that the World Health Organization has declared that morbid obesity is a disease and it is associated with the risk of many diseases that can be cured with bariatric surgery.
This is the major turning point for all the morbid obese patients who could not afford the weight loss surgery prior this decision. Now they can easily get rid of obesity and the associated co-morbidities like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, knee pain, sleep apnea, etc.
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