Financial barriers should not stand in the way of your good health. If bariatric procedures are not covered by your health insurance, Oregon Weight Loss Surgery has financing available to ensure that every patient has the opportunity to experience how weight loss surgery can improve health and quality of life. Please see our Self-Pay page for more information.
With today’s rising health costs, one may wonder if now is the time to consider bariatric surgery. However, extra weight often goes hand-in-hand with extra financial burden. It has been shown* that obesity increases a person’s healthcare costs by 36% and medication costs by 77%, compared with people in a normal weight range. Knowing this, you may want to consider your:
- Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication costs
- Doctors/specialists, office visits, lab work, physical therapists, etc
- Employment inactivity (missed work)
- Nonsurgical weight loss programs (WeightWatchers®, Jenny Craig®, etc.)
- Increased grocery and dining costs
Using bariatric surgery to significantly reduce your weight may also reduce your weight-related costs. If the cost savings that happen after surgery are taken into account, many can find that financing surgery is not only very obtainable but will actually save money.
A recent study* showed that bariatric surgery pays for itself in about 2 years. Since weight loss surgery helps improve or resolve conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, patients save money on prescription drugs, doctor visits, and hospital visits. In fact, monthly savings associated with laparoscopic bariatric surgery were shown to reach more than $900 as early as 13 months following surgery.