Will My Heath Insurance Help Cover the Cost of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

March 20, 2014 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery - Medical Insurance Coverage and Sleeve GastrectomyThere are plenty of ways for people who are obese or morbidly obese to lose weight quickly and achieve a better overall appearance. Surgical techniques have been especially good for many people as it allows for rapid weight loss, and these procedures help prevent serious medical conditions, such as stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and so forth. Visiting a bariatric surgery center may be just what you need to improve your health and wellness, and we'd be more than happy to meet with you in person and go over all of your options for advanced care.

One question that many prospective patients ask our team is if their weight loss surgery procedure will be covered by their medical insurance. We'd like to consider these matters in brief right now.

Is gastric sleeve surgery covered by medical insurance?

Many medical insurance companies do cover bariatric surgery procedures since they recognize obesity as a major health issue. While this is the case, we want to stress that all insurance companies are different and they have different stipulations for care.

Making Sure You Receive Coverage

In order to ensure that you receive insurance cover for your weight loss surgery procedure, it's important that you read over your insurance policy carefully and check that you meet all requirements for care.

Some qualifications for care may involve:

  • The patient's BMI before surgery
  • The presence of an obesity-related health issue (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc.)
  • The amount of time that the patient has been obese/morbidly obese

Be Sure to Ask Your Insurance Provider Questions

Sometimes certain stipulations and verbiage in an insurance policy may seem vague or confusing. In those cases, do not hesitate to ask your insurance provider questions about the nature of your care. This can be very helpful in clarifying certain needs that have to be met.

Picking the Right Surgery for Your Needs

As you might notice while looking through your requirements for coverage, certain kinds of surgical procedures may have different requirements for care. We will work carefully with your to determine your best option for surgical weight loss, but we do find that gastric sleeve surgery (aka sleeve gastrectomy) tends to be quite effective. Gastric sleeve surgery is a safe and effective method of surgcial weight loss, and one that tends to yield results that are overall better than gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery.

With all of that in mind, we will make sure that you surgical weight loss procedure is carefully customized to your needs.

Financing Options for Those Without Surgery

If you do not qualify for insurance coverage or are uninsured, there are financing options to consider for weight loss surgery that can place a healthier you within reach. We will be more than happy to go over all of these matters in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Your Options for Surgical Weight Loss

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for safe and effective bariatric surgery, we encourage you to contact our Tijuana weight loss surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your goals for optimal health and wellness.