Dr. T’s….. oh wait, I guess I should say Dr Tufte’s blog website (since the other Dr.T site is not Dr. Tufte) has a new blogger link called Common Knowledge I thought I would check it out. I found an article on The Economics of Obesityinteresting. I would like to add some information missing from Common Knowledge so that it will be common knowledge to the class. In April 2002 the IRS began allowing write off’s for obesity treatments. That’s right a tax break for being overweight.
This month the flood gates were finally fully opened when an article in the New York Times Medicare policy might spur obesity research stated
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced Thursday that Medicare was abandoning a long-held policy that said obesity was not a disease, opening the way for the government to pay for a whole range of possible treatments, from surgery and diets to psychotherapy.
The article also states, “With weight-loss surgery costing $30,000 to $40,000 if there are no complications, the cost to Medicare of obesity treatments could be astronomical”, and concludes with Medicare is convening an advisory committee this fall “to help us think through these issues”.
Maybe the government should have thought through the issues first before making the announcement and what it will end up costing the normal weight people.
Where’s the tax breaks for being healthy?