I was very pleased to hear that Unimed health insurance has recently introduced partial coverage for bariatric surgery. Details vary according to individual policies and there are specific requirements that need to be met, but if you have Unimed insurance and are interested in bariatric surgery, then give them a call to see if you qualify.
While insurance coverage for bariatric surgery in New Zealand still lags behind other countries such as Australia and the USA, this is an important step forward. Offering insurance coverage acknowledges that obesity is a medical condition, and that significant health benefits can come from weight loss surgery. Also, now that at least two major medical insurers in New Zealand partially cover bariatric surgery, hopefully it will encourage the others to follow.