Losing weight can be a challenge, that is why at Metabolic Medical Center, we have developed several programs to help people from different walks of life lose weight. We have a program for every situation, so come down to Metabolic Medical Center today!
What does medical weight loss do?
There are dozens of medical weight-loss programs available in the US and abroad. While each medical weight loss company may specialize in or follow a particular methodology, the principle of lifestyle change is at the heart of each program.
Medical weight loss is the proactive management of diet, fitness, and healthy behaviors conducted by a healthcare professional. To monitor physiological shifts during the course of a program, these programs often include comprehensive metabolic testing and medical diagnostics.
While medical weight loss programs have a much stronger success rate than most self-managed diet regiments, both are often focused on the same essential goal: improving an individual’s nutritional and exercise habits.
Is medical weight loss covered by insurance?
It can be difficult for many people to achieve weight loss, which is why many people turn to professionals when they need help losing weight. Many people think that they cannot afford to get professional weight loss help. However, there are some weight loss programs that may be covered by insurance.
Obesity Screening and Counseling — Obesity screening is considered preventative health care. The Affordable Care Act requires that all preventative care be covered by health insurance. If your body mass index, or BMI, is above 30, then you will also be able to get weight loss counseling.
However, the type of coverage that you get will depend on your health insurance plan. Before you get obesity screening and counseling, you should check your health insurance coverage.
Bariatric Surgery — Bariatric surgery is also referred to as weight loss surgery. Many people who struggle with weight management opt to get weight loss surgery as a last resort. There are some health insurance plans that potentially cover weight loss surgery. You may be able to get the cost of your weight loss surgery covered if you have insurance through your job or Medicare.
What is the cost for medical weight loss?
Medical weight loss program costs can vary depending on several factors, including the length of the program, what the program entails (e.g. number of doctor visits, food, prescriptions, etc.), and follow up visits after the program ends.
Most medical weight loss programs require an initial assessment, which can range between $99 and $300. The doctor will create a plan for you, which may include weekly check-ins, a diet plan, supplements or medications, and other elements.
Keep in mind there will also be non-program-related costs. Once you start shedding pounds, you may have to buy new clothes that fit. In some cases, you may have to purchase special food associated with the program rather than shopping at your local grocery store. You’ll also need to budget for supplements and medications that may not be included in the program cost.
Don’t let the word “medical” intimidate you into not exploring a customized weight loss program. As is often the case, a medical weight loss program will cost less than some of the mainstream diet programs AND give you better results. Check to see what’s available in your area to find a program that suits your budget.
If you or someone you know is struggling with losing weight, don’t worry! At Metabolic Medical Center, we have you covered! Come speak to one of our experts today to figure out what program will work best for you! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!