INSURANCE AND BARIATRIC SURGERY

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Though Obesity carries along with it a huge armamentarium of co-morbidities / associated problems it was always labelled as a cosmetic problem. Many decades before the only treatment which was available for obesity was liposuction, which in turn was labelled as a cosmetic procedure and hence no insurance coverage.

Liposuction however proved that it was not the solution for weight loss in the morbidly obese patients, though it gave wonderful results when used as a cosmetic procedure for the body contouring in patients with localized obesity in those who were normal or over weight.

With the advent of Bariatric Surgery, we achieved the perfect solution for significant and sustained weight loss in the morbidly obese. Along with the weight loss it was surprisingly found that those obese persons who had diabetes, high cholesterol, high B.P, Sleep Apnea, Urinary stress incontinence, Fatty liver disease, Arthritis, GERD etc, were relieved from these problems.

Thus Bariatric Surgery is deemed to be a blessing in disguise for the morbidly obese. Inspite of these benefits of Bariatric Surgery, insurance coverage was not available as morbid obesity still continued to be labelled as a cosmetic procedure. 

Insurance for Bariatric Surgery: For many years, taking into consideration the aesthetic point of view only, the Insurance companies in India had categorised  Bariatric Surgery as part of cosmetic surgery for which insurance was not applicable.

Reconsidering the multiple health risks induced by obesity and the alarming rise in obese population, the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India, IRDAI had shifted it from a cosmetic to a life-saving procedure and included it in the bill which became effective from 1st October 2019.

Some of the common Bariatric Surgery Procedures

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Mini Gastric Bypass

This inclusion of bariatric surgery in the insurance schemes has emerged as a boon to many who are obese and struggling in life. At present most of the Insurances have included Bariatric Surgery in their surgical procedures and have extended cashless or reimbursement for the treatment.

Criteria for availing insurance:

Guidelines on Standardization of Exclusions in Health Insurance Contracts

Obesity/ Weight Control. Code- Excl06

Expenses related to the surgical treatment of obesity that does not fulfil all the below conditions:

1) Surgery to be conducted is upon the advice of the Doctor.

2) The surgery/Procedure conducted should be supported by clinical protocols.

3) The member has to be 18 years of age or older and

4) Body Mass Index (BMI);

a)greater than or equal to 40 or

b)greater than or equal to 35 in conjunction with any of the following severe comorbidities following failure of less invasive methods of weight loss:

i. Obesity-related cardiomyopathy

ii. Coronary heart disease

iii. Severe Sleep Apnea

iv. Uncontrolled Type2 Diabetes

We at TODS have been regularly performing bariatric surgeries on obese patients, now have the pleasure to announce that most of the insurance companies are now providing insurance cashless/ reimbursement for Bariatric Surgery.

TODS has tie-ups with all insurances. Contact us with your insurance details for more information at – 8880537537

Bottom line:                     

       A stitch in time saves nine!

                     Get control over your weight before complications set in.

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Dr. Tulip is an advanced laparoscopic and Bariatric surgeon practicing in Bangalore at TODS- Dr. Tulips Obesity and Diabetes Surgery Centre

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D.s Suma
D.s Suma
DR.Tulip madam and Kavitha madam were amazing I Had a gastric bypass surgery last month I reduced 10 kgs of weight much more to go I started my second life with this Iam very grateful to dr. Tulip
Sai kiran Reddy
Sai kiran Reddy
GOOD PLACE TO GET UR WEIGHT LOSS AND GET UR DIABETES CURED
Dhanush.G
Dhanush.G
After trying for a baby for 7 long years, bariatric surgery helped me. I conceived a year ago and and am a proud mother after shedding 30 kilos
Sankarsh rakesh
Sankarsh rakesh
Huge tummy sagging I had. Confused to do lipo or tummy tuck. Finally did tummy tuck , have flat tummy I dreamed. . Thanks to Dr Tulip and team.
Mahadev Prasad S
Mahadev Prasad S
Lost 20kgs in 4 months for wedding , but also regained 4kgs within 2 months. What doctor told is right only. I should have done Stapler surgery
Anuradha Suryakanth
Anuradha Suryakanth
Gastric bypass, a very wonderful surgery that my uncle underwent. I could notvsee him suffer, his diabetes was uncontrolled, he could not sleep without a CPap machine , breathless after taking few steps. But 4 months since surgery, he has lost 32 kgs, insulin has stopped, only one diabetes medicine he is taking. He no longer uses CPAP machine. He has become positive once again. Thanks to Dr Tulip and team for all the guidance before, during and after surgery. My uncle is in safe hands
Aryan Vishnu
Aryan Vishnu
10 minutes and swalow balon done. I have no discomfort and tummy feeling full. Nevery knew it was really so smooth. Hope I lose 17kgs.
Fusion Flow
Fusion Flow
After 2 years of gastric bypass surgery, I am still maintaining my weight of 69kgs. Before I was 157kgs with knee pains, breathing difficulty, diabetes, blood pressure. Now not taking any diabetes, bp treatment. I walk 5kms every day.
DARSHAN K S (DIDDU)
DARSHAN K S (DIDDU)
I was happy with my consultation with Dr Tulip which was for 45min. I am clear which procedure to choose.