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The True Cost Savings of Having Your Bariatric Surgery Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/24/2017 1:38 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

By now, you’ve likely heard or read about the dramatic cost savings of having bariatric surgery abroad.

However, you may be unclear as to the actual amount you can expect to save when compared to having surgery in the U.S. Is it a few thousand? More than ten thousand? 20%? 50%? Obviously, you need to know exactly how much you will be paying – and will be saving.

At SkyMedicus, our goal is to provide you with honest, objective information – regardless of whether you ultimately decide to partner with us, or even if you choose not to have bariatric surgery overseas at all. The reason we mention this, is because the only true answer to the question, “How much will I save having bariatric surgery overseas?” is: it depends.

Cost Savings Depend on Location and Type of Surgery

In other words, there is no standard, definitive answer – because there are many different kinds of bariatric surgery (e.g. gastric bypass, lap band, etc.), as well as surgeons based in different countries that provide bariatric surgery. What’s more, you may live in a part of the country – such as New York City, Chicago, Dallas, and so on – where the costs of bariatric surgery may be higher than elsewhere. This will factor into your overall potential cost savings.

Our experience at SkyMedicus is that you can expect to save anywhere between 30–80%, and this is after factoring in the cost of airfare and accommodations. For many people, this can be anywhere from $10,000 to well over $30,000 in savings, which makes THE pivotal difference in whether they can get bariatric surgery at all.

Generally (and please note that these numbers will vary based on your unique needs and the factors noted above), the following costs have been reported:

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery: $25,000 (US); $10,000 (Mexico); $11,000 (Thailand); $12,500 (Costa Rica)
  • Lap Band Surgery: $20,000 (US); $7,000 (Mexico); $9,000 (Costa Rica); $12,000 (Thailand).
  • Duodenal Switch Surgery: $40,000 (US); Mexico or Thailand ($15,000).

Furthermore, a growing number of insurance companies are including medical tourism as part of their policy, and will pay for some or possibly all of the costs. We recommend that you look at your policy and speak with your insurance broker or agent to learn more.

And even if your insurance policy doesn’t cover medical tourism, you may still be able to use your HSA dollars to cover some or all of the surgery. Remember: HSA dollars are pre-tax and the account includes employer contributions, too.

Learn More

To learn more about bariatric surgery abroad, including different types of surgeries, popular medical tourism destinations (such as Mexico, Costa Rica, etc.), and potential cost savings, contact the SkyMedicus team today.

Your consultation with us is completely free, as is signing-up to access our database of pre-screened weight loss surgeons.

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Topics: Bariatric Surgery

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