The actual costs of your LAP-BAND®
System will depend on your individual situation, including your health
plan, the surgeon/hospital you choose, and whether you have an inpatient
(overnight) or outpatient (same day) procedure. That said, there may be
many ways to cover the costs of your LAP-BAND® System
procedure, including insurance, Medicare, or private financing. Once you
a certified LAP-BAND® System surgeon, they, along with
the experts at our free reimbursement hotline (1-800-LAP-BAND),
can help you understand your insurance coverage and financing options.
Insurance and Health Plans
Private insurance (HMO or PPO) or Medicare will often cover some, if
not all, of the costs of your LAP-BAND® System procedure.
Usually an approval is required before you can have the surgery.
Navigating the insurance system on your own can be challenging. Let us
help you learn
more about the insurance process. See a list of some plans that
cover the LAP-BAND® System and find out what you can do if
you receive a denial for coverage.
Financing your LAP-BAND® System Surgery
Don’t worry if your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of LAP-BAND®
System surgery. Flexible
Payment Plans are available through CareCredit®.
The Personal Costs of Obesity
With today’s rising health costs, it’s normal to wonder if now is
the time to consider the LAP-BAND® System. But you should
know: extra weight often goes hand in hand with extra financial burden.
Studies show obesity increases a person’s healthcare costs by 36% and
medication costs by 77%, compared with people in a normal weight range.1
Knowing this, you may want to consider your own:
- Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication costs.
- Doctors/specialists, office visits, lab work, physical therapists,
- Employment inactivity (missed work).
- Nonsurgical weight loss programs (WeightWatchers®,
Jenny Craig®, etc.).
- Increased grocery and dining costs.
For this reason, acting now — using the LAP-BAND® System
to significantly reduce your weight — may also reduce your
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