- HEALTH TRACKER
I do no know for sure about share of cost, but I know that Dr. Murr at Tampa General takes medicaid managed care. I was there today!!!
My journey with Dr Kim began May 8th, 2013. At that seminar the room was packed. Apparently Dr Kim has a big following. Everyone has gotten back to me except the nutritionist.
I picked Dr Kim when I read he holds the record for robotic assisted bariatric surgery with 1,000+. He claims to have performed over 2,000 bariatric surgery all together. I then looked for any problems connected to him….as a surgeon. Let me know if you find any botched surgeries.
I am on Medicare and I also have BCBS of Illinois. I think between program fee, psycho and nut I will pay $1,100. I will probably have to sell some property. I think Dr Kim has a self pay plan.
Good luck whichever way you go.
I have been looking into both options for sleeve gastrectomy surgery and am located in Orlando. While Dr. Kim is closer (right down the street), I've read that the office doesn't get back to people and the program fee is high. I do read that he's a good surgeon and has satisfied customers.
And then I read about Dr. Marema, who seems to have a longer track record with bariatric surgery. I haven't contacted the office but understand surgery is in St. Augustine, which would be a trip. Not that I wouldn't travel (anywhere) for the right surgeon, but all things considered, it'd be nice to be close to home.
If anyone can weigh in here I'd appreciate it. Experiences with one or another, program fees, requirements, surgery experiences, anything. Also, I have Medicare right now and am hoping both surgeons accept that insurance. Thanks!
Glad that turned out good. I'll go there if I have to .
Today I got my psycho appointment for next week.
I also got my appointment with the nurse for next month.
I also saw my pcp and he will give me a letter of necessity. It should be ready next week.
The nut has not returned my call yet.
I filled out forms the night of the seminar, and then filled out all the medical questionaire online the next day. I made multiple calls to the office and no message was ever returned. I even emailed the program coordinator at Dr. Kim's office and heard nothing back.
The day I called Dr. Marema's office I spoke to a live person. I was sent all of the same forms, filled them out, and the next day I had an appt for the following week with Dr. Marema. At that appt I scheduled my surgery, since I was self pay. It was over 2 weeks before anyone at Dr. Kim's office returned my call. This is just my experience.
I am so thankful that I found Dr. Marema. His staff, and the folks at Flager are top notch. Almost makes me wish I lived in St. Augustine.
RNY - 4/17/13 HW - 463 SW - 428 CW - 384
What you can do is goggle Bariatric Doctors that takes Medicaid, and Medicare. I know Dr. Muhammad Jawad in Ocala, and Orlando takes Medicare. I don't have the phone number by me. He did my surgery and he is a great doctor.
I got a call from Shawna today and an email from her. I do have a question:
The day after the Wed night seminar I received an email and it wanted me to fill out some sort of registration medical questionaire.
Today in Shawna's email to me was attached a 15 page questionaire.
Question: which one do they use? Which one does Dr Kim use?
I'm a little confused.