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Dr. Bailey offers comprehensive weight management care and bariatric and general surgery to patients in northeast Florida and Georgia. Dr. Bailey and his team understand how challenging it can be to begin your wellness and weight loss journey. We will work together to create a personalized plan that’s right for you.

About Me

I am a board-certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery and providing minimally invasive solutions to general surgical problems. Energized by the challenge of utilizing laparoscopic and robotic skills to address a variety of general surgery issues, I enjoy helping my patients live healthier lives. I am also motivated by following my bariatric patients through their weight loss journey as they improve their health and quality of life.

About Me

I am a board-certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery and providing minimally invasive solutions to general surgical problems. Energized by the challenge of utilizing laparoscopic and robotic skills to address a variety of general surgery issues, I enjoy helping my patients live healthier lives. I am also motivated by following my bariatric patients through their weight loss journey as they improve their health and quality of life.

Affiliated with:

  • Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside

  • Ascension St. Vincent's St. Johns County

  • Baptist Beaches Medical Center

  • Jacksonville Surgery Center

Specialties:

  • Bariatric Surgery

  • General Surgery

  • Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Robotic Surgery

Services Offered

Services Offered

Why Choose Dr. Bailey?

  • Board Certification

    Dr. Bailey is a board-certified general surgeon, providing a wide range of services and expertise.

  • Specialization in Bariatric Surgery

    He specializes in bariatric surgery, offering expertise in weight-loss surgical procedures and performs surgeries at an ASMBS certified bariatric center of excellence.

  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

    He provides cutting-edge minimally invasive solutions to a variety of general surgical problems, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

  • Diverse Medical Training

    His medical degree is from Albert Einstein Medical College. He completed residency at Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University and St. Luke's University Health Network and a fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Hackensack University Hospital.

  • Patient-Centric Approach

    He follows his bariatric patients through their weight loss journey, providing support as they enhance their health and quality of life.

  • Insurance Flexibility

    Most major insurances are accepted, accommodating a broad range of patients. Self-pay and installment plan options are also available. Visit our Patient Resources for more information.

What Patients Say

Patient Resources

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Financing Bariatric Surgery - Understanding Your Options

February 22, 20247 min read

Bariatric surgery offers significant health benefits but comes with substantial financial considerations. Patients must navigate the costs associated with the surgery, including the procedure, consultations, and aftercare. Understanding insurance coverage, calculating out-of-pocket expenses, and exploring financing options are crucial steps. This introduction aims to guide potential patients through the financial aspects of bariatric surgery, helping them make informed decisions that balance health benefits with financial commitments.

1. Type of Surgery

Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Adjustable Gastric Band, and Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch are the most common types of bariatric surgery. Each procedure varies in complexity and duration, affecting the cost. Generally, more complex surgeries like the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch tend to be more expensive than simpler procedures such as the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

2. Hospital Fees

The hospital or facility where the surgery is performed can significantly impact the cost. The most significant factor is the length of hospital stay required post-surgery. Additional fees can include things such as lab work and imaging required after surgery.

3. Surgeon’s Fees

Fees for the surgeon performing the surgery may vary.

4. Anesthesia

The cost of anesthesia is another important component, which includes the anesthesiologist's fees. The type and duration of anesthesia required for the surgery play a role in determining the cost.

5. Post-operative Care

After the surgery, patients require follow-up appointments, nutritional counseling, and sometimes additional procedures to manage complications or adjustments. Most insurances have a 90-day global period for bariatrics where follow-up is covered after surgery, including the first two follow-up appointments. After this time period, the visits become less frequent (with the exception of a number of labs to ensure no vitamin or nutrient deficiencies develop).

Additional Factors Influencing Cost

Location: The cost of living in the area where the surgery is performed can affect all aspects of surgery pricing.

Insurance Coverage: The extent of insurance coverage for bariatric surgery varies by policy (including deductibles and co-payments) and can significantly influence out-of-pocket expenses.

Pre-operative Tests and Evaluations: Comprehensive medical evaluations are necessary to ensure patients can undergo surgery safely. Our team always tries to keep evaluations to a minimum. However, we do not compromise on making sure patients are safe to go to surgery if additional testing is required.

Required Lifestyle Changes: There are a number of different regimen options for taking supplements after surgery. In addition, food costs may change. Although eating healthier choices can sometimes be more expensive, patients consume much smaller portions after bariatric surgery, which will help stretch the food dollar. Expensive gym memberships and equipment are not required either. Any physical activity is good, and the best exercise routine is one you enjoy and will stick with. There are thousands of free online videos available with different exercise routines, and many even have special considerations or modifications for specific medical issues. Whether it's something like walking, Zumba, or pickleball, any increased activity will help meet weight loss goals.

Understanding Insurance Policies

Determining if your health insurance covers bariatric surgery involves a series of steps and understanding specific terms and coverage areas within your policy. Here’s how to navigate this process:

1. Review Your Insurance Policy

Start by thoroughly reviewing your health insurance policy documentation. Look for sections related to weight loss surgery, obesity treatment, or bariatric surgery.

2. Understand Key Terms

  • Pre-authorization/Pre-approval: This term indicates that you need approval from your insurance company before undergoing surgery to ensure the procedure is covered.

  • Exclusions: Pay attention to any exclusions that might specifically mention bariatric surgery or related procedures.

  • Deductible: The amount you need to pay out-of-pocket before your insurance starts to cover its portion.

  • Co-pay/Co-insurance: The portion of the surgical cost you’re responsible for, even after meeting your deductible.

  • Out-of-pocket Maximum: The maximum amount you will pay in a year for covered services under your plan.

3. Coverage Requirements

  • Look for any specific requirements for coverage, such as:

o BMI (Body Mass Index) thresholds

o Documented history of obesity-related health conditions

o Mandatory participation in a medically supervised weight-loss program

4. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Our team has extensive experience dealing with insurance matters related to bariatric surgery. We will assist in communication with insurance providers, and submit all necessary documentation for approval for surgery.

We understand insurance coverage can be daunting. Our team includes specialists who work with the insurance companies and help you determine your coverage and financing options. Determining insurance coverage for bariatric surgery requires diligence and understanding your health insurance policy’s details.

5. Ask About Appeal Process

Inquire about the process for appealing a decision if your initial request for coverage is denied. Understanding this process upfront can save time and stress later.

6. Documentation and Records

Keep detailed records of all communications with your insurance provider, including names, dates, and summaries of conversations. This documentation can be crucial for appeals or clarifications.

7. Consult with Your Healthcare Provider

Often, your surgeon’s office or hospital’s financial counselor has experience dealing with insurance matters related to bariatric surgery. They can offer guidance, assist in communication with insurance providers, and help in submitting necessary documentation.

Determining insurance coverage for bariatric surgery requires diligence and understanding of your health insurance policy’s details. By taking these steps and being proactive in communication with your insurance provider and healthcare team, you can clarify your coverage options and prepare for the financial aspects of your surgery.

Exploring Financing Options

Medical Loans

Medical loans for bariatric surgery offer a financial solution for patients needing upfront funding for their procedure, especially when insurance coverage is insufficient or unavailable. These loans provide the advantage of immediate surgery access, fixed repayment plans, and the preservation of savings, with the potential for competitive interest rates for those with good credit. However, the downsides include the additional cost due to interest and fees, stringent credit requirements, the added monthly financial burden, potential negative impacts on credit scores, and the necessity of comparison shopping to find favorable terms. While medical loans can enable timely access to surgery, it's important for patients to carefully weigh the benefits against the financial implications and long-term commitments involved.

Payment Plans through Medical Providers

Surgeons and hospitals sometimes offer payment plans to help patients manage the cost of bariatric surgery, allowing them to pay over time instead of upfront. These plans can vary in terms of down payment required, monthly installments, interest rates, and the overall payment period. When considering a payment plan, it's crucial to understand the specific terms, including any interest or fees, assess the impact on your credit, ensure the monthly payments fit within your budget, and compare these terms to other financing options. Interest-free plans can offer savings, but it's important to check for any hidden fees or penalties for late payments. Evaluating these factors carefully can help you choose a financial arrangement that aligns with your financial situation and health goals, making the cost of surgery more manageable without overextending your finances.

Health Care Credit Cards

Healthcare credit cards are specialized for medical expenses, offering no-interest promotional periods if the balance is paid within a certain timeframe, but they're limited to use at participating healthcare providers. These cards can be beneficial for managing large medical bills without interest, assuming the balance is cleared before the promotional period ends. In contrast, traditional credit cards offer more flexibility in usage and might provide rewards or lower interest rates for those with good credit, but they don't typically offer medical-specific financing deals. When choosing between healthcare credit cards and traditional credit options, consider your financial needs, the likelihood of repaying within the no-interest period, and whether you value the flexibility of traditional credit cards or the medical expense management that healthcare credit cards offer.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

To estimate out-of-pocket expenses for bariatric surgery, consider the total cost of the surgery, insurance coverage details, and any additional costs not covered by insurance. For saving and preparing for these costs, create a dedicated savings account, reduce unnecessary expenses, explore various financing options like medical loans or healthcare credit cards, utilize Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for tax-advantaged savings, plan financially for potential income loss during recovery, inquire about discounts for upfront payments, and consider fundraising to help cover costs. By strategically planning and utilizing available resources, you can manage the financial aspects of your surgery and focus on your health.

Bariatric Surgery Financing OptionsInsurance Coverage for Bariatric SurgeryMedical Loans for Weight Loss SurgeryOut-of-Pocket Costs Bariatric SurgeryHealthcare Credit Cards for SurgerySaving for Bariatric SurgeryPayment Plans for Weight Loss SurgeryEstimating Bariatric Surgery ExpensesBariatric Surgery Insurance AppealFinancial Preparation for Bariatric Procedure
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Patient Resources

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Financing Bariatric Surgery - Understanding Your Options

February 22, 20247 min read

Bariatric surgery offers significant health benefits but comes with substantial financial considerations. Patients must navigate the costs associated with the surgery, including the procedure, consultations, and aftercare. Understanding insurance coverage, calculating out-of-pocket expenses, and exploring financing options are crucial steps. This introduction aims to guide potential patients through the financial aspects of bariatric surgery, helping them make informed decisions that balance health benefits with financial commitments.

1. Type of Surgery

Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Adjustable Gastric Band, and Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch are the most common types of bariatric surgery. Each procedure varies in complexity and duration, affecting the cost. Generally, more complex surgeries like the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch tend to be more expensive than simpler procedures such as the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

2. Hospital Fees

The hospital or facility where the surgery is performed can significantly impact the cost. The most significant factor is the length of hospital stay required post-surgery. Additional fees can include things such as lab work and imaging required after surgery.

3. Surgeon’s Fees

Fees for the surgeon performing the surgery may vary.

4. Anesthesia

The cost of anesthesia is another important component, which includes the anesthesiologist's fees. The type and duration of anesthesia required for the surgery play a role in determining the cost.

5. Post-operative Care

After the surgery, patients require follow-up appointments, nutritional counseling, and sometimes additional procedures to manage complications or adjustments. Most insurances have a 90-day global period for bariatrics where follow-up is covered after surgery, including the first two follow-up appointments. After this time period, the visits become less frequent (with the exception of a number of labs to ensure no vitamin or nutrient deficiencies develop).

Additional Factors Influencing Cost

Location: The cost of living in the area where the surgery is performed can affect all aspects of surgery pricing.

Insurance Coverage: The extent of insurance coverage for bariatric surgery varies by policy (including deductibles and co-payments) and can significantly influence out-of-pocket expenses.

Pre-operative Tests and Evaluations: Comprehensive medical evaluations are necessary to ensure patients can undergo surgery safely. Our team always tries to keep evaluations to a minimum. However, we do not compromise on making sure patients are safe to go to surgery if additional testing is required.

Required Lifestyle Changes: There are a number of different regimen options for taking supplements after surgery. In addition, food costs may change. Although eating healthier choices can sometimes be more expensive, patients consume much smaller portions after bariatric surgery, which will help stretch the food dollar. Expensive gym memberships and equipment are not required either. Any physical activity is good, and the best exercise routine is one you enjoy and will stick with. There are thousands of free online videos available with different exercise routines, and many even have special considerations or modifications for specific medical issues. Whether it's something like walking, Zumba, or pickleball, any increased activity will help meet weight loss goals.

Understanding Insurance Policies

Determining if your health insurance covers bariatric surgery involves a series of steps and understanding specific terms and coverage areas within your policy. Here’s how to navigate this process:

1. Review Your Insurance Policy

Start by thoroughly reviewing your health insurance policy documentation. Look for sections related to weight loss surgery, obesity treatment, or bariatric surgery.

2. Understand Key Terms

  • Pre-authorization/Pre-approval: This term indicates that you need approval from your insurance company before undergoing surgery to ensure the procedure is covered.

  • Exclusions: Pay attention to any exclusions that might specifically mention bariatric surgery or related procedures.

  • Deductible: The amount you need to pay out-of-pocket before your insurance starts to cover its portion.

  • Co-pay/Co-insurance: The portion of the surgical cost you’re responsible for, even after meeting your deductible.

  • Out-of-pocket Maximum: The maximum amount you will pay in a year for covered services under your plan.

3. Coverage Requirements

  • Look for any specific requirements for coverage, such as:

o BMI (Body Mass Index) thresholds

o Documented history of obesity-related health conditions

o Mandatory participation in a medically supervised weight-loss program

4. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Our team has extensive experience dealing with insurance matters related to bariatric surgery. We will assist in communication with insurance providers, and submit all necessary documentation for approval for surgery.

We understand insurance coverage can be daunting. Our team includes specialists who work with the insurance companies and help you determine your coverage and financing options. Determining insurance coverage for bariatric surgery requires diligence and understanding your health insurance policy’s details.

5. Ask About Appeal Process

Inquire about the process for appealing a decision if your initial request for coverage is denied. Understanding this process upfront can save time and stress later.

6. Documentation and Records

Keep detailed records of all communications with your insurance provider, including names, dates, and summaries of conversations. This documentation can be crucial for appeals or clarifications.

7. Consult with Your Healthcare Provider

Often, your surgeon’s office or hospital’s financial counselor has experience dealing with insurance matters related to bariatric surgery. They can offer guidance, assist in communication with insurance providers, and help in submitting necessary documentation.

Determining insurance coverage for bariatric surgery requires diligence and understanding of your health insurance policy’s details. By taking these steps and being proactive in communication with your insurance provider and healthcare team, you can clarify your coverage options and prepare for the financial aspects of your surgery.

Exploring Financing Options

Medical Loans

Medical loans for bariatric surgery offer a financial solution for patients needing upfront funding for their procedure, especially when insurance coverage is insufficient or unavailable. These loans provide the advantage of immediate surgery access, fixed repayment plans, and the preservation of savings, with the potential for competitive interest rates for those with good credit. However, the downsides include the additional cost due to interest and fees, stringent credit requirements, the added monthly financial burden, potential negative impacts on credit scores, and the necessity of comparison shopping to find favorable terms. While medical loans can enable timely access to surgery, it's important for patients to carefully weigh the benefits against the financial implications and long-term commitments involved.

Payment Plans through Medical Providers

Surgeons and hospitals sometimes offer payment plans to help patients manage the cost of bariatric surgery, allowing them to pay over time instead of upfront. These plans can vary in terms of down payment required, monthly installments, interest rates, and the overall payment period. When considering a payment plan, it's crucial to understand the specific terms, including any interest or fees, assess the impact on your credit, ensure the monthly payments fit within your budget, and compare these terms to other financing options. Interest-free plans can offer savings, but it's important to check for any hidden fees or penalties for late payments. Evaluating these factors carefully can help you choose a financial arrangement that aligns with your financial situation and health goals, making the cost of surgery more manageable without overextending your finances.

Health Care Credit Cards

Healthcare credit cards are specialized for medical expenses, offering no-interest promotional periods if the balance is paid within a certain timeframe, but they're limited to use at participating healthcare providers. These cards can be beneficial for managing large medical bills without interest, assuming the balance is cleared before the promotional period ends. In contrast, traditional credit cards offer more flexibility in usage and might provide rewards or lower interest rates for those with good credit, but they don't typically offer medical-specific financing deals. When choosing between healthcare credit cards and traditional credit options, consider your financial needs, the likelihood of repaying within the no-interest period, and whether you value the flexibility of traditional credit cards or the medical expense management that healthcare credit cards offer.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

To estimate out-of-pocket expenses for bariatric surgery, consider the total cost of the surgery, insurance coverage details, and any additional costs not covered by insurance. For saving and preparing for these costs, create a dedicated savings account, reduce unnecessary expenses, explore various financing options like medical loans or healthcare credit cards, utilize Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for tax-advantaged savings, plan financially for potential income loss during recovery, inquire about discounts for upfront payments, and consider fundraising to help cover costs. By strategically planning and utilizing available resources, you can manage the financial aspects of your surgery and focus on your health.

Bariatric Surgery Financing OptionsInsurance Coverage for Bariatric SurgeryMedical Loans for Weight Loss SurgeryOut-of-Pocket Costs Bariatric SurgeryHealthcare Credit Cards for SurgerySaving for Bariatric SurgeryPayment Plans for Weight Loss SurgeryEstimating Bariatric Surgery ExpensesBariatric Surgery Insurance AppealFinancial Preparation for Bariatric Procedure
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