How to Find Discounted or Free Weight-Loss Surgery

by Cheryl Ann Borne Patient Advocate

Paying for Weight-Loss Surgery

Nothing is easier than giving less than your best effort. If you wish to finish second in a race, all you need to do is run a bit slower than the person in front of you. If you wish to guarantee being overlooked for a promotion, all you need to do is enter into negotiations unprepared. If you wish to diet and not lose weight, all you need to do is dine at fast food restaurants frequently. Learn about the "Obesity Epidemic in American - How Did It Begin?"

There are more clever approaches. You can delegate blame or manufacture excuses. You can use the I-didn't-succeed-because approach: I didn't succeed because I didn't get the support I needed; I didn't succeed because other people don't know what they're doing; I didn't succeed because the suggestions weren't realistic.

If you wish to attain the gastric bypass or other bariatric surgery that you need in order to lose weight and improve your health despite having insurance that does not cover weight-loss surgery, or no insurance at all, then only your best effort will suffice. Find out "How Safe is Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery?"

Giving your best effort and not getting what you want can be emotionally painful. But knowing that you have exhausted all the possibilities will prevent the question "Did I do all that I could to secure bariatric surgery?" from ever being asked.

Then again, your best effort might get you the gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric band, or duodenal switch weight-loss surgery that you want. Without that effort, you will never know what is possible. This is the case if you are attempting to get your health needs met but do not have the necessary means. You may not have the health insurance coverage that is required for bariatric surgery, and you may not be able to pay cash. Free Weight-Loss Surgery: Is It Real?

This does not mean that getting weight-loss surgery is impossible, but it does mean that getting the gastric bypass you need is probably going
be hard. Nothing less than your best effort will do. Remember that even those who have adequate health insurance are denied three times on average before gastric bypass weight-loss surgery is finally approved.

Getting charity funding for gastric bypass will be even more difficult.

Free Weight Loss Surgery Grant

Surgery Grants help people who are unable to afford gastric bypass get the funding for all or part of
bariatric surgery. There is a Free Weight Loss Surgery Grant Now Available
for gastric bypass through the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLFSA). If you apply for this weight-loss surgery grant you must meet three requirements to be considered:

  • You must be approved for weight loss surgery.

  • You must be without insurance or have been denied either full or partial coverage for obesity surgery.

  • You must be willing to raise 10% of the funds you request for bariatric surgery by donating time and resources to the WLFSA.

Charity Care For Discounted or Free Weight-Loss Surgery

Another option for attaining gastric bypass is to apply for charity care. If you fall within the boundaries of the federal poverty level you may qualify for charity care for obesity surgery at one of your local hospitals. The hospital will expect that the purpose of your gastric bypass surgery is health-related and not for cosmetic purposes. People with a BMI >30 and One Comorbidity Approved for Weight-Loss Surgery.

You will need to complete a financial application and may be required to produce proof of income as well as other personal information. If your application for weight-loss surgery is denied, the hospital might still work with you and try to reduce payments.

Currently, the options for charitable recourse are limited although there are a few. Hopefully, the future will be brighter. Given the increased attention that has been given to gastric bypass and the positive improvements in the health of
patients who have had gastric bypass, free or reduced cost bariatric surgery might become more available at a later date. Study Shows Weight-Loss Surgery Effective Treatment for Diabetes, Other Diseases.

Until then try, try. try. Your health and wellness are worth fighting for. My Life After Weight-Loss Surgery is Wonderful and I hope your will be, too. Remember: Doing nothing will get you nothing. Half an effort will get you half a result. Giving less than your best effort will get you less than the best outcome. Only your best will do. Good luck to you

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Cheryl Ann Borne

Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website, and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl is also writing her first book and working on a second website.