Currently two-thirds of adults are considered overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] over 25), and one-third of adults are considered obese (BMI over 30). One of the more hidden consequences of being overweight and obese is the financial cost. It is estimated that absenteeism costs associated with each of the five conditions — hypertension, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity — were greater than $2 billion per condition per year. Accounting for costs imposed by absenteeism will be useful in assessing the impact of programs and policies that affect the prevalence of these conditions.
One of the most transparent issues with being obese is that employers are often discriminatory. Not only do employers often pay taller people higher wages on average, they tend to pay obese people $3.41 per hour less than non-obese workers.
Obese people can decrease their own life expectancy by as much as 10 years. With the average wages hovering around $38,000 per year, this can be alarming. But considering many people now retire later, this is very alarming for people struggling with obesity.
One of the most commonly known facts regarding obesity is that it can lead to diseases like diabetes (obese children are 1.5 times more likely to have diabetes than non-obese children) and cancers like colon and breast cancers (obese people are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer, and 21% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer). But it can also lead to other specific conditions, such as benign arthritis and knee and hip replacements. Arthritis can be expensive, costing roughly $500/annually to treat, and is very common with obesity (66% of obese people reported also having arthritis). Knee and hip replacements are also very common with obesity (obese people receive about 25.5% more hip and knee replacements than healthy weight individuals). With an average out of pocket cost of $4,750 per surgery with insurance, this unexpected cost can add up fast.
Obesity can be costly, but there are always options. You should never settle with being overweight. Diet and exercise can work for many overweight people, but being severely overweight shouldn’t discourage your goal of losing weight. Weight loss surgery can provide obese people with a viable option for losing weight.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs
The cost of gastric sleeve surgery is a main concern for many individuals aiming to undergo the surgery. Many people often ask, “How much does gastric sleeve surgery cost?” The answer is often much more complicated than expected. There are many questions to ask before discussing the cost, including whether you have insurance, what your health standing is, where will you have the surgery, and more.
The average cost of gastric sleeve surgery ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 in the United States. While costs of the surgery are different depending on many variables, one general rule is apparent: by traveling to Mexico to undergo gastric sleeve surgery, patients can save thousands of dollars that they would spend by undergoing the same procedure in the United States. Costs in Mexico can average about $5,000 to $12,000 depending on the physician, their experience, destination, and more.
Understand All the Fees
Many companies that provide bariatric surgery often provide patients with the fees they charge just for the procedure itself, leaving out hospital fees, anesthesiologist fees, pre-op classes, office visits, and other charges. Sometimes hospital fees can be thousands of dollars or more. To understand the total cost and fees, it’s important to ask your bariatric physician plenty of questions.
A Lighter Me offers package pricing with experienced, well qualified surgeons, starting below $5,000 for gastric sleeve surgery. Our mission is to provide patients the opportunity to undergo the highest quality gastric sleeve surgery for the lowest cost possible. Our prices include hospital fees, physician fees, medication, anesthesia, ground transportation, hotels, and hospital stay. We provide ground transportation to and from San Diego. You will need to pay for and book your own airfare, bus, or train fare to and from San Diego.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a simple yet complicated procedure. It requires a full lifestyle change including eating, drinking, and exercising to be successful long term.
It’s important to view gastric sleeve surgery as a tool to help you live a healthier life. Many use the analogy of cost versus reward when discussing weight loss surgery. Does the upfront cost and long-term benefits outweigh the long-term risks of being obese? For most the answer will be yes. If you’re interested in learning more about gastric sleeve, or want a more detailed quote, please contact our helpful staff.