Paying for Non-Surgical Weight Loss
We strive to make weight loss affordable. The UC Health Weight Loss Center offers a combined insurance/self-pay model for our Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program. We bill your insurance for covered benefits whenever possible in order to lessen out of pocket costs and reduce self-pay patient responsibilities. For patients without insurance, we have negotiated self-pay rates available.
To help you understand our pricing model, here are some examples of potential covered and non-covered benefits.
For insured patients, covered benefits could include:
- Office visits with copay
- Lab work
- Prescription medications
Self-pay or out-of-pocket expenses (for insured and non-insured patients) include:
- Food and beverage
- Body composition testing
- Fitness consultation
- Program fees
Financial Benefits of Weight Loss
Weight loss can save your life, but it can also save you money. The cost of obesity adds up quickly due to:
- More doctor visits and extra medications to treat obesity-related conditions
- Time away from work or loss of employment due to weight-related issues
- Added food costs
A recent George Washington University study looked at the costs of obesity. The study determined, on average, obese women spend an extra $4,800 a year on weight-related expenses. Obese men spend more than $2,500 per year. By understanding the cost burden of continued obesity, it becomes clear that weight loss surgery can pay for itself in reduced expenses over time.
In addition to the financial burdens you eliminate over the long term through bariatric surgery, you may want to consider the extraordinary changes you will experience in your quality of your life. Many of our patients found that losing excess weight renewed their confidence, helped put more energy into their careers, spend more quality time with their loved ones, become physically active, and improve their overall mental health and well being.