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Hi guys. I’m debating about going to Mexico for a gastric sleeve instead of jumping through all the hoops insurance is making me go through. all though I am covered, anyone else who has this insurance blue Cross blue shield ppo choice of Illinois, can you tell me how much you paid after insurances portion? I’m worried I’ll pay more here so I’d prefer Mexico. Also it would be so much more quicker and I’m running out of patience.

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I paid out around 1300. My deductible was 1500 if I remember right with a max out of pocket of 1900. BCBS of Illinois. Hoops were not bad at all for me. Surgery within 10 weeks of my first visit.

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Yes, I really only paid the deposit for surgery of 1,000, doctor co-pay, and the psych exam and nutritionist which was around $400. It depends on the exact policy, and what your out of pocket max is, etc.

But the whole bill was around 50,000 which is ridiculous.

Hoops were 6 months of NUT appointments, psych exam, and no gaining.

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I have I think $2500 deductible and $4500 out of pocket I believe. Im just scared to havinf a large bill. I paid about $6000 for giving birth just last year all these bills from no where everyone just wants a piece of the pie so I’m worried. I think I’ll end up paying a lot, I don’t know how you guys got off so easy, great for you guys! I have to do a psych evaluation nutrition dietician evaluation sleep test and some esphogaus thing where I have to actually be put to sleep so worried for that bill too.

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The EGD is nothing to worry about, it was part of the whole program.

The state of Illinois requiresbariatric surgery to be covered by insurance.

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Ok thanks I think I’ll stay in the states. I was going with Oasis of Hope but just saw a recent article last month where someone’s intestines were stapled and she had emergency surgery it was bad. My next choice is ALO bariatrics but now I’m terrified to go to Mexico idk. I guess it’s a risk we all take

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36 minutes ago, Belle4243 said:

Ok thanks I think I’ll stay in the states. I was going with Oasis of Hope but just saw a recent article last month where someone’s intestines were stapled and she had emergency surgery it was bad. My next choice is ALO bariatrics but now I’m terrified to go to Mexico idk. I guess it’s a risk we all take

there are some excellent surgeons and not-so-good surgeons there - you have to do your research if you're going to go abroad. But yea - that case was horrific!

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Definitely I been researching for weeks now and it seems like something always comes up. I have a consultation next week with the dietician so I’ll see how that goes and make my decision to keep it here or go to Mexico.

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Call your insurance company and go over it with them. Take notes and be sure you understand it. Policies administered by the same companies differ depending upon the contract they have with specific employers.

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