Affording Bariatric Surgery
We’re here to help you understand your options when it comes to bariatric surgery financing. Whether you plan to apply for coverage under your health care insurance plan; seek funding from a specialized medical lender; or use a combination of both to finance the costs associated with your weight loss procedure, our team of compassionate, experienced support staff are available to assist you in securing the financial support you need to move forward with your long-term weight management goals.
Health Insurance Coverage
Bariatric surgery is now widely recognized by both the medical community and insurance companies as a viable, long-term treatment solution for people who struggle with chronic obesity and the numerous health challenges that are associated with having a high body mass index. As a result of the documented success rates of procedures like adjustable gastric banding/LAP-BAND, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve, it’s now easier than ever to achieve a favorable response when applying for bariatric surgery financing from an insurance provider.
Most health insurance companies will either pay for all or part of your surgery if you are able to effectively demonstrate that the procedure is deemed to be medically necessary. This generally involves completion of pre-surgical assessments and evaluations by your primary physician, documentation of previous attempts to manage your weight using non-surgical methods such as diet and exercise, and a review of your suitability for bariatric surgery.
Some insurance companies will also require evidence of a comorbid condition related to obesity such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), or sleep apnea prior to granting approval for bariatric surgery financing.
Knowledgeable Support & Guidance
Our friendly, knowledgeable support staff here at Fresno Bariatrics will be happy to work with you and your insurance company throughout the approval process, providing you with the assistance you need to achieve the best possible outcome from your application for insurance funding.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital is a Fully Accredited Hospital
Most insurance companies will require that surgery be performed at an accredited hospital rather than an off-site weight loss clinic or stand-alone bariatric surgery center. This is to ensure that auxiliary services and supports are close at hand should an unexpected complication arise, and to provide patients with the kind of care that can only be found in a full-service hospital.
Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital is fully accredited by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). In order to achieve this designation, our facility is monitored and inspected on a regular basis to ensure we comply with, or exceed, national standards related to physical resources for our patients, the quality of our staffing, and our policies and procedures.
Alternative Financing Options
If you do not have insurance coverage for bariatric surgery, or you require supplemental financing for co-payments, please contact us today.