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Payment Options

Here at the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery, we understand that weight loss is a daunting and expensive task, and many patients may need financial assistance in the fight against obesity. Although insurance can often cover some of the costs of certain bariatric procedures, Dr. Kim offers a number of patient options to cover the rest of the cost, helping you lose weight and gain self confidence without breaking your budget. We provide discounted surgery prices for many of our patients for patients who have been excluded by their insurance policy or who do not have insurance, along with payment plan options from medical financing lenders to provide you with affordable, low-interest monthly payments. We hope you will use the information provided below as a resource for your Dallas weight loss surgery payment options, tax deductions, and medical spending accounts. Please feel free to contact our practice with any questions or concerns you may have.

Self Pay Special Package Prices

For patients who are uninsured or not covered by insurance, we offer a discounted surgery price under our Self Pay Special Package. Dr. Kim supports a variety of payment methods including cash, credit card, stocks, bonds, investment funds, Health Flex Savings Accounts, or 401K. The following is a list of self pay prices for weight loss surgery procedures:

These prices include:

  • Pre-operative appointment and testing
  • Bariatric university class
  • Surgery fee
  • Surgeon fee
  • Surgical assistant fee
  • Anesthesiologist fee
  • Free follow-up appointments and LAP-BAND® System adjustments for 6 months
  • Lifetime of free support group meetings

Financing

Dr. Kim and the Live Life Again Center have partnered with reputable medical financing lenders that offer low interest rates, a quick approval process, loan terms up to six years, and monthly payment plans sometimes as low as $250. You can apply online or by phone with one of our lenders:

  • CareCredit® : 800-365-8295


 

  • United Medical Credit: 888-647-4333

Care Credit is the only financing company that we work with that all of the hospitals will accept. We will accept United Medical Credit and Care Credit, but currently the hospitals are only taking Care Credit.

Tax Deductible

Your weight loss surgery may be tax deductible! The IRS allows taxpayers undergoing weight loss procedures to deduct expenses incurred through surgery, approved weight-loss drugs, and nutritional counseling. If the cost of treatment is more than 7.5% of adjusted gross income, a deduction may be allowed for uncompensated expenses. Talk with your tax professional or CPA about about how this could affect you and your weight loss surgery payment. For your convenience, we’ve provided a link to the IRS Medical Tax Deduction Information page:

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#en_US_publink1000179034

Medical Spending Accounts

If you have a healthcare spending account, some or all of your costs associated with weight loss surgery may be reimbursable. A letter of medical necessity may be required for some services, supplements, or medications. Be sure to check first with your account administrator about your eligible expenses and talk with your account or financial advisor about how this can affect you.

The Personal Cost of Obesity

Items Estimated Annual Costs
Mean medical drug costs
(BMI greater or equal to 35)
$5,965
Out-of-pocket healthcare costs $2,182
Employment inactivity costs $900
Commercial weight loss program fees $600
Prescription co-pays (5 meds at $10) $600
Grocery and diner costs $5,321
Total $15,568

Dr. Kim is committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals by working with you to take the necessary steps to pay for the cost of surgery. We want to make sure every patient who is ready to change their lives has the opportunity to do so. Please contact our bariatric surgery practice to talk about how you can make the cost of surgical weight loss an affordable option for you.

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