Self-pay cost in US


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I just got back from my sleeve surgery with Dr Taggar in FL. I would totally recommend him. One thing I learned is Florida doctors can opt out of malpractice insurance, and do something else like a line of credit in case they get sued. . It's not uncommon and at first freaked me out, but after reading, I was totally fine with it.

And based on the number of people filling the office, others didn't mind either. Just a different way of doing business.



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Anyone on the west side of the US that can help with numbers?


I'm in California and my surgeon's office said that out of pocket, including hospital stay, is about 25K. I was so upset when I heard I had to wait 6 months for insurance to ok it. After hearing 25K, I waited the 6 months!


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Anyone on the west side of the US that can help with numbers?


I'm in California and my surgeon's office said that out of pocket, including hospital stay, is about 25K. I was so upset when I heard I had to wait 6 months for insurance to ok it. After hearing 25K, I waited the 6 months!


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I'm in California and my surgeon's office said that out of pocket, including hospital stay, is about 25K. I was so upset when I heard I had to wait 6 months for insurance to ok it. After hearing 25K, I waited the 6 months!



I'm in Northern California and the quote was From the head of bariatric surgery at a really top notch hospital.


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Dr. Christina Richards in SLC 12k, includes everything. Surgery Center, anesthesia, post-operative care, lifetime exercise and nutrition assistance.

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Dr. Kent Sasse in Reno NV - 16,900 for everything.


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I live in San Diego...the quoted self pay cost here and in Phoenix, AZ was $18,500-$22,000 - the Hospital fees are what cost the most, literally more than half the cost, is what the hospital charges.

Because of this, I researched Dr's in Mexico since I'm only 30 min from Tijuana... We found Dr. jaime Ponce de leon Palomares to have the surgery at the little hospital there would have been $4,900...my fiancé wanted me to have it at the best hospital in town, so we paid an extra $3,600 and had it by dr. ponce de leon Palomares at Hospital Angeles, for a total of $8,500. Including all fees, medicine while at hospital and hospital stay for 2 nights and 1 night at a hotel.

They were friendly, knowledgeable, very skilled and the facility was clean and well maintained. We had 0 problems - however if you don't know ANY Spanish at all, you might have a tough time though the use of translation apps was used often in the hospital by nurses and staff who didn't speak much English. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone. My fiancé was concerned about the stigma around Tijuana and Drs there etc, but he was pleased with them as well. I am sure there are others, but I will vouch for my Dr.!

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On ‎7‎/‎16‎/‎2017 at 2:17 PM, AnnieD said:

I'm in the same place. I'm researching for a highly qualified and "lower" cost option than San Diego for a conversion from a lap band to sleeve.

I've been looking as well. I've found a Doc in Dallas for $12.5 (Dallas Bariatric Center). Docs in San Diego that I'm finding are more like $23K for cash pay. I"m also a conversion (Lap Band to Sleeve) - so I'm looking at $30K in So Cal -- also, they are very secretive about their pricing out here. You have to go in and see them: So I'll share the people I know.

UCSD: Dr. Horigan - absolutely the gold standard of surgeons and if you have any complications/scars and are looking for a conversion - I highly recommend. $23-30K.

SCRIPPS: SD - pretty much all of the docs are $23-25k - very highly skilled and well respected.

Re Mexico: I've heard really good things about Dr. Alvarez through a site called Realself - but my doc told me that generally a lot of the clean up surgeries they do are for patients who went to Mexico. So it scared me - he didn't elaborate who/how/what - and I suspect there are good and bad like in all cases.

See my post before this one, if you're here in San Diego, check out my dr in Tijuana...seriously, they knew what they were doing, the were friendly and clean etc....and their hospitals charge maybe 1/3 of what hospitals here charge for 2 night ($4k instead of $12k-$15k) and the surgeon fees are smaller or comparable...but really the hospital fees are what get you in the US/CA.

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I happened to know that a doctor in New Mexico had a patient who thought she was okay for surgery by her insurance and then afterwards they declined to pay it her total cost came out to $45,000! I would open a wrist!

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I happened to know that a doctor in New Mexico had a patient who thought she was okay for surgery by her insurance and then afterwards they declined to pay it her total cost came out to $45,000! I would open a wrist!

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I would open a law suit


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