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Dr. David Kim Kim Bariatric Institute

Payment Options

Worried About Paying for Your Weight Loss Surgery?

Don’t let cost keep you from taking steps to a healthier life. The DFW Bariatric Institute has self-pay options that can help even when insurance won’t pay. We’ve partnered with medical financing lenders to provide you with an easy way to finance your weight loss surgery. Our team will work with you to help you determine which payment options will fit your budget.

DFW Bariatric Institute Self-Pay Packages

At DFW Bariatric Institute, we offer a variety of bariatric surgeries, such as Inverted Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass, as well as non-surgical options, including Gastric Balloon or Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG). Our goal is to help patients in the Dallas area live healthier, more active lives. When considering the cost of weight loss surgery, keep in mind that these procedures have been proven to improve or cure obesity related conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes.1 Better health can save you money by reducing your health care costs over the course of your life.

Gastric Sleeve Self-Pay Package as low as $323 a month with financing*

Gastric Sleeve Includes:

Obalon Gastric Balloon Self-Pay Package $7,995 as low as $199 a month with financing*

Obalon Gastric Balloon Includes:

ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon Self Pay Package $7,995 as low as $199 a month with financing*

ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon Includes:

LAP-BAND® System Self-Pay Package as low as $356 a month with financing*

LAP-BAND® System Package Includes:

Gastric Bypass Self-Pay Package as low as $469 a month with financing*

Gastric Bypass Package Includes:

*Estimated monthly payments for those who qualify.

Financing

At the DFW Bariatric Institute, we have partnered with several medical financial lending institutions that offer competitive interest rates, terms up to five years, online or mail in applications, and a quick approval process to help you pay for your surgery. You can apply by phone or online with the following lenders.

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Insurance

Bariatric surgery is often considered a medical necessity, and is therefore at least partially covered by many insurance providers. However, insurance coverage for a weight loss surgery procedure will depend on your employer’s health plan, the plan that you have chosen, and/or the specific offers of coverage in your policy. Our insurance expert will help you with the information about insurance. We have helped many patients obtain approval who may otherwise have been unable to find coverage.

For questions about insurance, please contact the DFW Bariatric Institute and we will be happy to go over your options.

Your Bariatric Surgery May Qualify for a Tax Deduction

The United States Internal Revenue Service designates obesity as a disease, which means that there are tax deductions for which bariatric patients may be eligible. Depending your your personal finances, you may be able to write off a significant portion of your weight loss surgery expenses. Click the link below to access the IRS guide to medical tax deductions, or contact your local tax professional or financial advisor to learn if you may qualify.

IRS Medical Tax Deduction Information

HSA or FSA for Bariatric Surgery

If you have a medical spending account, such as a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), those funds may be used to pay for weight loss procedures. These types of accounts give you the benefit of using pre-tax dollars to fund medical expenses. If you have an FSA or HSA through your employer, consult your plan’s administrator to learn about your plan requirements and eligibility.

The Personal Cost of Obesity

In the United States, the cost of healthcare for obesity related medical issues is estimated to be approximately $147 billion dollars.2 In addition to the increased cost of medication and doctor visits that can result from diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and joint pain, individuals with obesity also face the life-long costs of failed diets, higher grocery bills, and the cost of missed work due to health issues. Many of our patients report that they are able to reduce or eliminate medications that they needed prior to weight loss. Many bariatric patients also experience the priceless gift of better overall quality of life, which enables them to be more active and productive in their communities.

Items Estimated Annual Costs
Mean medical drug costs
(BMI greater or equal to 35)
$5,965
Out-of-pocket healthcare costs $2,182
Employment inactivity costs $900
Commercial weight loss program fees $600
Prescription co-pays (5 meds at $10) $600
Grocery and diner costs $5,321*
Total $15,568

* A study recently showed that the average morbidly obese patient spends over $5000 per year in food. After weight loss surgery, food costs are about $1000 per year. That is a savings of over $4000 per year.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey – Schedule Your Consultation Today

Please contact the DFW Bariatric Institute if you need any more information about our payment options. Our staff is available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. We are excited to partner with you in the incredible journey towards a happier, healthier life.

 

1Journal of Diabetes Research 2015; 2015: 674268. Published online 2015 Apr 14. Doi
2Finkelstein EA1, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, Dietz W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer-and service-specific estimates. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Sep-Oct;28(5):w822-31. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.5.w822.

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