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3 Things to Know Before Traveling Overseas for Weight Loss Surgery
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 3:42 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
Each year, millions of Americans dream of getting weight loss surgery (a.k.a. bariatric surgery) – and not just so they can look and feel better, although these are certainly valid reasons. For some, it can be a matter of improving the quality and quantity of life.
According to WebMD, the health risks of obesity include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and the frightening list goes on.
However, many of the people who dream of getting weight loss surgery have this aspiration snuffed out because their insurance plan (including Obamacare/ACA) won’t cover the procedure. Per The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the average cost of bariatric surgery in the U.S. is between $20,000 and $25,000 – and this doesn’t include additional costs during recovery and temporary loss of income; both of which can double or even triple the final amount. For the vast majority of people, this is utterly cost prohibitive.
The good news, though, is that a viable and proven alternative exists: traveling overseas for weight loss surgery. If you’re considering this solution, below we highlight 3 things you should keep in mind:
3 Facts about Traveling Overseas for Weight Loss Surgery
1. You’re not alone.
According to author Joseph Woodman who has written extensively about medical tourism, an estimated 20,000 Americans travel overseaseach year for weight loss surgery. And to put this number in perspective, according to US News and World Report, there are about 200,000 weight loss surgeries performed in the U.S. each year. That means a whopping 10 percent of people who need weight loss surgery are heading to their airport instead of their local or regional hospital.
2. The cost savings are real.
Most people are wisely skeptical when it comes to big, bold promises regarding cost savings or discounts – because there are usually hidden fees and incidental costs that offset the benefits. However, the cost difference between weight loss surgery in the U.S. vs. weight loss surgery overseas isn’t one of those “too good to be true” scenarios.
Even when factoring in travel, transfer and accommodation costs, the savings are usually 50 percent or more. For many people, this isn’t just more money in their bank account: it’s the difference between getting or not getting the weight loss surgery they need.
3. It’s safe if you choose the right partner.
Before sounding alarm bells about overseas treatment, it’s important and honest to note that according to research by Hospital Safety Score, hospital errors claim 440,000 lives each year, which makes these errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S. And while this doesn’t indict the entire system, it does put things in perspective when it comes to the belief that “Made in the USA healthcare” is automatically superior simply because of where it takes place.
With the above in mind, travelling overseas for weight loss surgery can be very safe, provided that you choose the right partner. And that’s where the SkyMedicus team enters the picture.
The SkyMedicus Advantage
At SkyMedicus, we connect you to a global network of world leaders in medicine – including many renowned surgeons that completed their education in the U.S., and then returned home to provide care. When you partner with us, you’ll be able to communicate directly with your surgeon via our HIPAA compliant web portal and have all of your questions answered.
And when you’re ready to travel overseas for weight loss surgery, we’ll take care of every last detail, including payments. That way, you’ll be able to focus on what matters most, which, of course, is your health!
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Topics: Weight Loss Surgery