Hello, I'm in South Jersey, Near the northern entrance to the Atlantic City Expressway. I had an initial visit with Dr. Manigat, (a little twisted having a bariatric surgeon with a name sounding like a delicious Italian dish). I have straight medicaid, and he accepts it as well as medicare. We were informed that they would not pay for a surge-tech fee of $500.00 which Lourdes insists upon. There was another non-covered fee of $1,650.00 for what is called their *bariatric program fee. This includes a nutritionist (I believe has specific study for bariatric surgery), facilitators, a mental health specialist, and a case manager.
The program also includes group sessions for personal interaction, continuing education, product samples, and nutritional supplements. *
Everything between the asterisks are verbatum from their literature.
I have my own mental health people, and am not interested in some of the other things.
My question is, is this typical? No matter where you go, if you're on medicaid, do you have to come up with the $1,650.00. I can see the surge-tech. This is like three months worth of my benefits. I'm wondering if they are going to try and charge me for the initial visit. Anyone??? thanks, idnelle