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January 28, 2007

Anger Over Insurance Company's IQ Test for Weight-Loss Surgery

When a 330-pound Pam Davis underwent gastric bypass surgery five years ago, her main concern was to save her own life so she could be there for her children.

Nowhere along the line did a doctor or an insurance company question whether she had the "intelligence" necessary to make the decision about having the surgery to help her lose weight and reclaim her health.

Now, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is requiring patients prove just that.

In April 2006, the company introduced a controversial new stipulation, requiring IQ screening for all morbidly obese patients looking to undergo gastric bypass surgery. (Read Here)

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