Self pay is great for the time restriction...but for everything else...before/after care, bloodwork follow ups, questions, dietician etc etc etc local is better.
Maybe you can get in to the closest clinic to you and get the ball rolling...even if during that time frame you decide to do self pay...the more info your armed with the better before going in I believe. I'm goign through the weight wise program in Edmonton. But i've had friends go to Mexico and the amount of after care they dont receive is scary....a friend of mine just found out shes really deficiant in a lot of vitamins that routine bloodwork here would have caught, and because of yoru stomach being so much smaller after, its hard to get caught up on those vits.
Do what you n eed to do for you, but go into it prepared as you can be!
HW:369lbs SW: 296.4lbs CW: 234.4lbs GW: 170
Surgery: VSG Date: January 9, 2013
M1 - 24lbs M2 - 11lbs M3- 13.6lbs M4 -13.4