EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., March 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The truth is, obesity is getting worse worldwide. Bariatric surgical treatment, like the kind provided by Mexico Bariatric Center, is a proven long-term solution to lose weight rapidly and permanently. Weight loss surgery also helps to prevent obesity-related health problems and mortality.
As it turns out, there are over 1.9 billion adults worldwide that are considered "overweight" in 2016 alone. 650 million of these individuals are considered obese, with a BMI over 30 kg/m2.*
Additionally, 39.6% of American adults were in the BMI range of obese between 2015 to 2016** and the numbers continue to grow. Mexico Bariatric Center's research shows that the obesity index rises by .63 percent to .67 percent, on average, every year in adults. Over the last decade, obesity has grown by 15 percent in the United States alone.
It is not a question of whether or not insurance has bariatric coverage. The question is, will those seeking weight loss surgery be qualified and accepted? Then, how long will it take to find out, and how much are the out-of-pocket expenses? The reins of insurance companies continue to get more strict every year.
Weight Loss Surgery in America and Insurance
While about 40 percent of adults in America are considered "obese," Mexico Bariatric Center's survey shows that only approximately 30 percent of that population are eligible and actually get approved for weight loss surgery by their insurance company. This leaves a 70 percent deficit for individuals with a BMI>40 who are not covered by insurance carriers or their policy does not include bariatric surgery.
So there is a massive shortage and deficiency of weight loss surgery resources in the United States alone. With the price of weight loss surgery upward of $23,000 in the U.S., it is not financially possible for the average American to afford this life-saving procedure without insurance coverage. Even with insurance, co-pays and deductibles can reach upward of $5,000 to $10,000 for the gastric sleeve and more for gastric bypass surgery.
Procedures Covered in the United States
As for bariatric surgery options, many procedures are not covered by the insurance provider because they are newer, or less frequently performed. These procedures include the Duodenal Switch (DS/BPD), Mini-Gastric Bypass (MGB), and even in some cases the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), also called gastric sleeve surgery.
The older procedures that insurance carriers typically cover are Roux-n-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and LAP-Band (gastric banding). These procedures are normally covered by the large insurance companies, although it does not mean that the policy will cover the surgery or that those seeking surgery will be qualified.
How Mexico is Helping Fight the Global Obesity Epidemic
The stress of getting the insurance company to pay for a bariatric procedure (in the case of Americans) or wait for years to get surgery (in the case of Canadians) is often overwhelming. That is why patients decide to cross the border for an easier and more affordable solution, Mexico. If insurance companies were to approve everyone for weight loss surgery, they would run out of money and become bankrupt because of the rise of procedure costs and the prevalence of obesity.
Mexico is contributing to the resolution of the obesity and its related disease by offering weight loss surgery packages that just about anybody including Americans can afford. Mexico Bariatric Center (MBC) is a leading bariatric and metabolic center offering the most affordable and quality packages for patients in United States, Canada, etc.
How Does it Work?
Weight loss surgery in Mexico is a simple process and affordable for the average working individual in the United States and Canada. The cost related to obesity is outrageous, with numerous health problems and medical bills that strongly correlate to being overweight. The price for bariatric surgery, like the gastric sleeve, starts at only $4,195 in Mexico.
With board-certified bariatric and metabolic surgeons, Mexico Bariatric Center promises patients the best results for the lowest price.
How Does Weight Loss Surgery Help?
To start, weight loss surgery provides drastic weight loss in a short period of time. This enables positive habits to begin and sustain long-term to ensure a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
Next, weight loss surgery improves and may even resolve many obesity-related comorbidities that exist in patients. Some of these include; type II diabetes (up to 99 percent remission rate), hypertension (up to 98 percent resolution rate), and obstructive sleep apnea (up to 80 percent improvement in patients).
Above all, it brings confidence, happiness, and a new appreciation for patients.
Obesity is a major setback for so many people all over the world. The most effective treatment, or tool, is weight loss surgery.
How Mexico Bariatric Center is Fighting the Obesity Epidemic
Patients seeking weight loss surgery can start with contacting Mexico Bariatric Center, the leader in medical tourism to Mexico. The price is all-inclusive, taking part in the entire bariatric surgery process. MBC provides quality care to all patients and strives every day to fight the obesity epidemic head-on.
At MBC, patients are set up with a patient coordinator, who walks with them every step of the way. The process is seamless. With a nutritionist by their side, lifelong weight loss is possible and easy to accomplish.
It all starts with a phone call. Mexico Bariatric Center serves thousands of people every year. And through it all, Mexico is fighting obesity one patient at a time.
The obesity epidemic is here to stay and feels as though it is a never-ending problem, especially in countries like the United States and Canada. Weight loss is becoming more difficult to achieve. Even diet, exercise, and pharmacotherapy are not as effective with many people who struggle losing weight. Mexico is fighting obesity with affordable, effective weight loss surgery. Be another success story for weight loss in Mexico.
*World Health Organization
**National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
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