January 09, 2018 - by - in Bariatric Surgery

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Getting ready for weight loss surgery takes a lot of preparation and reviewing to make sure you’re a viable candidate, and even after that, there’s still one more step to take before surgery can begin: payment. Our patients often have questions about financing surgery and how they can pay us. 

We understand that the prep for weight loss surgery is already a lengthy and stressful process, even without money matters. To help clear the air about how we accept payment, here’s a guide to paying for bariatric surgery at Soma Weight Loss.

1. What insurance does Soma Weight Loss take?

Soma Weight Loss accepts most insurance providers. Some common Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) include:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna PPO
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna’s Quality Point-of-Service
  • Private healthcare insurance systems
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • First Health
  • Health Net PPO
  • SAG Insurance
  • TRICARE/TriWest
  • Great-West

Once you have been approved to undergo bariatric surgery, we will send a letter to your insurance company that requests pre-authorization. This letter will state the reasons why you’re having surgery and that you have completed all of the necessary requirements for it. 

Read more about insurance we accept.

2. Is Orbera gastric balloon covered by insurance? How much does it cost?

No insurance covers the gastric balloon at any weight loss clinic. At Soma Weight Loss, we charge between $7,500-$8,500 to do the Orbera gastric balloon procedure, depending on your particular circumstances. Payment plans are available.

3. What about other weight loss procedures? Does insurance cover those?

Most insurance companies cover most of the costs. The patient, however, will have to pay a copay or coinsurance. This is usually somewhere between $500 to $3,000, depending on your insurance. Contact us to learn what your specific insurance covers.

4. Is there a payment plan in place for bariatric surgery?

We have financing options for our bariatric surgery patients. Contact us for more information about this. 

5. Is bariatric surgery tax-deductible?

Health-related surgeries are usually tax-deductible. Read this guide on the types of medical expenses that are tax-deductible for more information.

6. What other financial concerns do people have about weight loss surgery?

Our patients are usually concerned about fluctuating prices. We promise: There are no surprise bills at Soma. And the rate you are given is final. 

paying for weight loss surgery at soma weight loss

At Soma, we care about transparency for all our bariatric procedures, whether it’s how the process is done or how our patients pay for them. If you have more questions about paying for bariatric surgery, contact Soma today

If you want to learn more about weight loss surgery or healthy living tips, check out our blog.

Maiquel Soma

Maiquel has been helping patients understand their weight loss options at Soma Bariatrics for over two years. As the office manager, she is responsible for the paperwork that comes before and after surgery, as well as scheduling procedures and helping patients schedule consultation and follow-up appointments.