Can I Afford Weight Loss Surgery?

One of the reasons often cited for avoiding bariatric surgery is the cost of surgery. However, once you take into account the cost of obesity, bariatric surgery actually proves to be quite cheap and may even save you money. If you are considering weight loss surgery, but don't know whether you can afford it, fill out this questionnaire to calculate what obesity is currently costing you.


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Food
Based on research, a seriously overweight person spends $6,100 annually on groceries and dining out. Approximately, how much do you spend per month on groceries and dining out?

I am spending about per month on groceries and dining out.  
Prescriptions
Based on research, a seriously overweight person spends $700 annually on prescription co-pays. Approximately, how much do you spend per month on prescription co-pays?

I am spending about per month on prescription co-pays.
Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses
Based on research, a seriously overweight person spends $2,500 on out-of-pocket healthcare expenses each year.
Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses include:
  • Over the counter drugs/remedies such as glucosamine, snore relief remedies, ibuprofen, etc.
  • Co-pays for doctor office visits
  • Co-pays for lab work
  • Co-pays for specialists
  • Co-pays for physical therapist/allied health professionals
I am spending about per month on out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
Weight Loss Programs
Based on research, a seriously overweight person spends $700 annually on non-surgical weight loss programs.
Examples of non-surgical weight loss programs include:
  • Jenny Craig
  • Lindora
  • Weight Watchers
  • Nutri-systems
  • Curves
I am spending about per month on non-surgical weight loss programs.  

Food Expenditures

The average person spends about $3100 annually on groceries and dining out. A seriously overweight person spends nearly twice that, about $6100 annually on groceries and dining out. How much do you spend each month on food?

Prescriptions

The average seriously overweight person spends roughly $700 annually on prescription co-pays, often to combat problems caused by obesity. What is your monthly prescription cost?

Out-of-Pocket Health Costs

In addition to prescription co-pay costs, the average seriously overweight individual spends approximately $2500 annually on out-of-pocket medical and health care costs. These costs include:

  • Pain killers
  • Physical therapy
  • Doctor and specialist visits
  • Lab work

Many of these expenditures are due to the cost of obesity. What are your monthly out-of-pocket health costs?

Alternative Weight Loss Programs

If you are considering bariatric surgery as a weight loss option, you likely have or are considering other non-surgical weight loss options, like:

  • Nutri-Systems
  • Weight Watchers
  • Jenny Craig
  • Curves
  • Lindora

When considering the cost of surgical weight loss, you should deduct the cost of any alternate weight loss option that you are currently using. On average, seriously overweight people spend approximately $700 annually on non-surgical weight loss options. How much are you spending each month?

Adding it All Up

The total of the above categories is how much you are spending annually on food, medicine, medical procedures, and non-surgical weight loss options. Adjusting those values to reflect how much you would be spending after bariatric surgery, you can see your total annual cost of obesity. By comparing that to the cost of weight loss surgery, you can determine how soon you will actually be saving money by having the surgery performed.

More Than Just Money

While cost is a major factor in determining whether or not you will get bariatric surgery, it isn't the only important factor. You also want the surgery to be effective. At Clovis Community Medical Center, you will receive weight loss surgery from a highly experienced, top quality surgeon who will take the time to fully understand your situation and will recommend the most effective of these three surgical options for your situation:

Furthermore, when you receive weight loss surgery at Clovis Community Medical Center,you will be given post-surgery assistance by a compassionate and supportive staff that will help you adapt to your new circumstances with consultation on diet, exercise, and other activities.

Get More Information Today

Don't let the cost of obesity interfere with your life. With bariatric surgery from Clovis Community Medical Center,you can reach the weight you want in a professional and caring environment. Contact us today to learn more about how weight loss surgery will improve your health and save you money in the long run.