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Why Bariatric Surgery Overseas Makes Sense Even if You Have Insurance
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/24/2017 9:48 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
Many people believe that opting for bariatric surgery overseas vs. at a hospital in the U.S. is exclusively a matter of insurance coverage. That is, they think that people who have insurance coverage go to their nearest hospital, while those without insurance coverage head to their nearest international airport.
However, this distinction – covered vs. not covered – is actually inaccurate and misleading, because thousands of Americans with insurance that covers their bariatric surgery are nevertheless choosing to head overseas.
So, why do patients prefer to grab their passport and head abroad for surgery? Why are they making this decision? Believe it or not, it's not just so they can enjoy a holiday in a sunny location.
Bariatric Surgery Abroad Can Be Covered Entirely By Insurance
Rather, it is because their insurance coverage is only paying for SOME of their bariatric surgery in the U.S., which means that they must co-pay thousands of dollars. However, because of the dramatically reduced cost of bariatric surgery abroad – which can be anywhere from $10,000 to over $30,000 – their insurance company is willing to foot the entire bill.
How One Patient Dodged a Co-pay and Traveled on Insurance's Dime
This cost-saving scenario is exactly what North Carolina native Joy Guion experienced when her insurance company gave her a choice: have bariatric surgery in the U.S. and pay $3,000 out-of-pocket, or head overseas and have everything paid for with zero out-of-pocket costs.
Since she couldn’t afford the $3,000 co-pay, Guion opted for bariatric surgery overseas in Costa Rica, under the care of an experienced surgeon who had advanced medical training from Cornell. That was three years ago, and Guion’s experience was a total success, with no post-surgery complications or issues.
Guion, whose story was profiled by ABCNews.com, is not a rare exception. Across the country, many people who are insured are discovering that their coverage is partial – leaving them on the hook for co-pay costs that are either excessive or, in Guion’s case, prohibitive.
Consider Medical Tourism for Your Bariatric Surgery
Fortunately, bariatric surgery overseas is a practical and affordable option; one that is growing in popularity each year. What’s more, the notion that U.S. doctors balk at working with bariatric surgeons overseas to collaborate on care when their patients return is yet another myth. On the contrary, many U.S. doctors are delighted that their patients are taking a major step towards improving their health, and lowering their risk of getting serious diseases.
To learn more about bariatric surgery overseas, contact the team at SkyMedicus today. We are not a hospital or a network of bariatric surgeons, nor are we affiliated with any particular provider or institution – which ensures our objectivity and neutrality.
Rather, we are an independent and experienced company that helps individuals reap the rewards of medical tourism. Your consultation with us is free, and there is no risk or obligation.
Topics: Bariatric Surgery