anyone else hear this

By harry1 Latest Reply 2011-11-04 14:50:49 -0500
Started 2011-10-29 21:09:05 -0500

On Friday the Today show had a segment about people gaining weight to get lap-band surgery so thier insurance will cover it. What's wrong with these people don't they realize that they are driving the insurance rates up for people who can barely afford it. I feel that that insurance companies should look at the persons records for 2 years and see if they kept the weight under controll before paying for this surgery. Anyone else agree?

22 replies

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-01 08:42:49 -0500 Report

These "yahoos" are desperate. Until the FDA approves new and lower standards for the surgery people will be forced to use these methods.
Just think about it. They can have this surgery and possibly avoid Type 2 diabetes even with a family history of it.
Just think about it. They can have this surgery and rid themselves of Type 2 diabetes.
Just think about it. They can rid avoid or rid themselves of finger sticks, lancets, test strips, syringes, insulin, oral meds, complications-kidney failure, blindness, amputation.
We cannot all be as noble as you. If my heart could survive it I would have this surgery. I would thoroughly enjoy being rid of diabetes and all the crap that comes with it.

jayabee52 2011-11-02 13:38:39 -0500 Report

OR the surgery will not give them what they had hoped for or if so for very long. I don't think I'd ever have the surgery if my weight rebounded from where I am today.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-30 19:38:49 -0500 Report

I was under the impression that you had to go thru an extensive program before they would even consider you. My doc told me a couple of years ago i would have to keep a food journal and show that i was trying to lose weight on my own and i would have to have a mental exam! Has that changed? I work in the medical field and i pay for my insurance and now that i would MAYBE want to consider it with my condition, they won't pay for it! Go figure. Just another example of our messed up government! Great, now my blood pressure is up!!! LOL

jayabee52 2011-10-30 19:59:49 -0500 Report

You are correct Mickey, it has not changed, at least for the reputable surgeons, but there are those who do it for the $$$$$$$

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-01 08:30:57 -0500 Report

What does it matter why they do it as long as they do it.

jayabee52 2011-11-01 08:51:44 -0500 Report

The Drs who do it for the $$$$ don't have the patient's best interest in mind. There are not the safeguards in place which once the procedure is complete that helps to keep them from gaining weight again.

Ultimately, as in the case of my friend who did had it done to her, it is up to the individual to do the mental/emotional work to assure the weight doesn't come back on. She didn't do it and is approaching the place she had been before the surgery. Only now she doesn't have that option available to her again.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-02 15:34:08 -0500 Report

We are all adults and we are responsible for our decisions and actions. You can blame money hungry doctors but the bottom line is it is the patients responsibility to inform themselves on what is involved in this surgery (and any other surgeries). Then, before agreeing to the surgery, have a list of pertinent questions to ask. The patients should get all their questions answered to their satisfaction. If the doctor hems and haws or brushes them off, he is obviously not the right one. By going to more than one doctor patients can compare costs and services and see what they will get for their money. Then and only then should they select a doctor and have the surgery done.

jayabee52 2011-11-04 14:50:49 -0500 Report

I agree Lew, unfortunately many folks do not do their due diligence and take the first or the cheapest who comes along. (I had been guilty of that in the past too. ) I still think surgery is the quck and "easy" way to weight loss and it would be better if they lost it by menu and excercise, but that takes too long for many.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-30 20:07:44 -0500 Report

That is so true and it just pushes my buttons! We have people who need legitimate help and then these yahoos pull stuff like this! I burns my biscuits!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-01 08:45:11 -0500 Report

Sorry we cannot be as noble as you. These people need legimate help but are force by the goverment to take exterme action

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-02 12:14:12 -0500 Report

Whose says i'm being noble? I was talking about people who have no insurance and need help with testing supplies and medication. I'm talking about how there seems to be no real regulations on things of this nature. If they had to gain weight to have the surgery, were they not that overweight to begin with? I was just talking in general terms of the people that abuse the system and people who really need the help and can't get it.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-30 09:57:30 -0500 Report

To add to this Medicaid will pay for the surgery too. That is our tax money at work. Welfare should not be paying for this surgery. My daughter did gain the 150+ extra pounds but lost her medicaid before she got the surgery.