What to expect and the cost
The first visit to our clinic takes up to two hours of your time, most of which is spent on an intense medical evaluation. In most cases, we at least find quality of life issues for which we have popular, cost-effective treatments to offer. Sometimes we find serious medical conditions that need urgent attention.
So in most cases the first visit is 95% medical evaluation with potential offer of treatment and 5% teaching you how to use the weight loss medication (if you qualify/most do).
For the follow-up visits, you spend 30 minutes with a weight loss counselor. For the vast majority of people, this 30 minutes is pleasant and something they look forward to.
Due to an Obamanation care mandate, preventative care, like weight loss, is supposed to be covered by insurance from dollar one with no co-pays/no deductibles. So we expect that eventually we will be able to figure out how to get insurance companies to pay us for helping you. But as of October 2015 we have not yet received one thin dime from an insurance company for weight loss visits.
So to help ensure us against eventually being denied payment by your insurance company we have been collecting $30 from each patient per follow-up visit as a credit on their account. If the insurance eventually pays us for the visits, the patient can use the credit for any of our products or services. If your insurance does not pay us, we will take the $30 credits as payment in full for the follow-up visits.
For people paying cash, we only charge $30 per visit as of October 2015.
We offer more potential treatment options and combinations of treatments than I have ever heard of. And I should know because one of the board certifications I have earned is in Bariatrics (more recently renamed Obesity Medicine). So it is very possible we offer more options than any weight loss clinic in existence.
For our basic weight loss program, we use a low-carb diet along with the prescription appetite suppressant, phentermine. Phentermine is included at no charge with weight loss program. There are other prescription medications that could be used instead of phentermine, but there is an extra nominal charge for those medications.
We offer enough a number of different supplements that can be helpful with weight loss as well as many different types of meal replacements and snacks. These are all high-protein, low calorie and taste good. These additional items are of high quality, so cost us more. But we only mark them up a little so that you can get good stuff for a good price. Many patients buy these items by the case.
HCG injections and the strict protocol that accompanies it are very effective for weight loss. This option is at an additional charge.
We offer ATP (adenosine triphosphate) injections to increase energy. Anything that improves energy burns off more calories.
We have several other options to increase your energy…… burn off more weight.