Ongoing study - The KCE is studying the organisation and payment of the care pathway for patients undergoing bariatric surgery. The study will focus on the care received prior to the surgery as well as on the follow-up care received after discharge from the hospital, including short-term and long-term follow-up. In a first part, a diagnosis of the current Belgian situation will be described based on an analysis of the literature and payment rules; and a qualitative study (interviews with patients and professionals).
In a second part, potential solution elements will be studied based on an analysis of clinical guidelines and a review of the organisation and payment systems for patients undergoing bariatric surgery in a selection of countries. These solution elements will be used to present a number of policy scenario’s to the stakeholders aiming to improve the organisation and payment of the care for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.