Is laparoscopic surgery covered by insurance?

Laparoscopic surgery 

Laparoscopy is a key technique involved in metabolic and bariatric surgery and other obesity-related procedures. At one time, weight loss surgery procedures were considered purely as elective surgeries performed for aesthetic reasons. However, now insurance companies are slowly willing to acknowledge that obesity is a progressive disease, which can be address through weight loss surgery as a viable medical solution.

Dr. Wiljon W. Beltre is a leading bariatric surgeon providing a range of advanced weight loss and obesity procedures. During the initial consultation, Dr. Beltre will discuss various aspects of the surgery, including its estimated costs and insurance issues. He receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding communities.

Willingness of Insurers

Insurance companies are increasingly willing to recognize the fact that providing coverage for metabolic and bariatric surgery at the time of need can, in fact, save them a lot more money in the long run. The long-terms costs of obesity-related health problems can far outweigh the short-term cost of resolving those issues through surgery.

However, the insurance process continues to be complicated, and Dr. Beltre’s office is equipped to provide all possible assistance and guidance to the patients regarding this process. As an experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. Beltre provides weight loss and obesity related procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and nearby locations.

Insurance Support

Dr. Beltre’s practice, the Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, is equipped to help the patients with the insurance process. The trained staff at the practice can help the patient understand what the insurance company will require for approval, and assist with the paperwork. Dr. Beltre believes that the tedious task of navigating through the complex insurance approval process should not become a deterrent for a patient to seek life-changing metabolic or bariatric surgery.

The helpful and experienced staff at Dr. Beltre’s office will work closely with the patient and the insurer throughout the approval process. The following key areas of assistance are addressed in this process:

  • Providing access to specialists whose evaluation may be required
  • Assisting the patient to complete the necessary paperwork to gain referrals and recommendations
  • Keeping the insurance company informed about the significance of the surgery for the patient’s long-term health and well-being

The Process of Insurance Approval

Every insurance company has their own specific requirements to determine what conditions they will cover and at what rate. Dr. Beltre’s office will carefully review the insurance company’s requirements, and help the patient read the fine print to understand precisely what kind of coverage is available, and the insurer’s criteria to determine eligibility.

Insurance paperwork requirements will typically include comprehensive medical records from the patient’s primary care physician. Clearance from various specialists would also be required in most cases. Dr. Beltre’s practice incorporates a board certified psychiatrist and a certified nutritionist to assist with medical evaluations in order to expedite the approval process.

Finally, a Letter of Necessity would be required, which would include patient’s medical data and list reasons why the doctor believes it is a necessity for the patient to receive bariatric surgery.

To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

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