How much does gastric bypass surgery cost?
The average cost of gastric bypass surgery in the United States is $23,000. However, most insurance plans will cover gastric bypass, after the insurance deductible is satisfied, for those who qualify for the surgery.
As with many other surgical procedures, the cost of gastric bypass surgery can vary based on your location. Fortunately, insurance companies now cover weight loss surgery in many cases and under many plans for patients who qualify.
The 2015 price survey of Obesity Coverage indicates that the average cost of gastric bypass surgery is:
Most insurance carriers offer some kind of weight-loss-surgery coverage. Your specific policy will show what’s included and what’s not. There are a few policies that specifically exclude weight-loss surgery. Insurance companies usually charge more to add weight-loss surgery coverage. Therefore, you need to check your policy to see if you have coverage.
The easiest way to find out is to call your carrier directly (you can find the number on the back of your insurance card).
Insurance is typically the best way to fund weight-loss surgery. However, many procedures are not covered by insurance, and some policies cover different procedures than others. In the past, lap band surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and similar procedures were not covered. Nowadays, these procedures are typically covered by most companies, but this doesn’t necessarily mean your specific policy will cover it.