Trying to find pro bono surgeon. Any advice?
With all of that in mind, do any of you have advice to help with this? It's a long shot that any of you would know of a surgeon who actually does these pro bono, but it's worth asking. And aside from that, if you just know of any surgeons who might be open to the idea but have never done it would be helpful. I could just start randomly emailing surgeons, I suppose. In fact, I probably will if I can't think of anything else. The very very VERY last option, which I would likely never do, is to contact some one at a local news station for help. But, well, I really don't want to be on tv and stuff. This is emotionally trying enough as it is.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to pass on the link to the video or this thread, or anything you might want to do.
What about your follow up care, which can be quite expensive? Doctor's appointments, labs, nutritional supplements, medications, etc. How would you pay for those things?
1; some poster on OH had something in their signature about a medical study that would provide bariatric surgery...sorry, I do not recall who
2. contact Healthbase I do not know if WLS is something they deal with, but my friend had a heart attack and needed heart surgery. All the places in Houston sent him home to die because he had no money and no insurance. Healthbase arranged for his surgery in India at 1/5 of the cost. Since he had no $$$ he contacted his church and all his friends and networked to get 200 people to donate $100 towards his expenses. He raised $20,000 in two weeks. Three years later he is doing great!
Your best bet is to find out how to get on Medicaid or find insurance through your spouse. If you have no income, you should qualify for Medicaid.
Having said all that, please don't give up. Keep looking for ways to get what you need to get healthy. There are a lot of experienced people on this board, and they are willing to provide advice, hand-holding, support and wisdom.
Hang in there - you deserve to be healthy.
As other posters have said, my preop test bill came yesterday, almost $6,000 for a half days worth of tests. Can't wait for the bill for the surgery. I do have insurance but our deductible is very high so there will be significant out of pocket expense on my part but this is my husband and I's choice to keep our monthly premiums lower.
I hope your search for a surgeon is successful, but these surgeons don't drive BMW's, Mercedes and have top notch offices by doing their work for free.
Goodluck in your journey, keep checking all possiblities until you get the surgery you feel you need.
Starbucks isn't such a bad place to work. I have a friend *****ally likes it, even though she could earn more money teaching. Of course, I would probably OD on caffiene, but there are worse ways to die!
I hope the OP can find a way to get help in her WL journey.
Even if you could find a surgeon, there is the cost of the medical facility where the surgery is to be performed to also consider.
I agree with what some of the others are advising, your time would probably be a lot better spent looking for a job with health insurance benefits.
Good luck to you!!!
on 7/25/14 11:57 am
Hi my name is Lisa and I seen your post and was wondering if you found the name of the doctors and what they do?
8 years post op DS - so darned healthy my life insurance gave me a partial refund on my premium!
There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures..next to the mashed potatoes
Unfortunately, the likelihood of getting completely free WLS is almost non-existent. There are simply too many costs associated with the surgery (not to mention the costs of follow-up care and for any complications you might have).
As others have pointed out, the surgeon's fee isn't the primary factor in the cost of the surgery... It is the hospital charges for the operating room time, equipment, and personnel... the various medications during and after surgery... the room, medication, and lab work charges for the post-op stay, etc. that comprises the vast majority of the cost of surgery. (The surgeon's fee may only be $4,000 whereas the hospital bill may be $40,000!)
Getting a job that provides insurance that covers WLS would be your best approach. If you are unemployed with children, wouldn't you be eligible for subsidized medical insurance under Obamacare? Those plans generally don't cover WLS (but I have heard that some do, depending on whether you are in a state with its own exchange or are on the federal exchange). It would be worth checking into at least.
6 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!
“You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
You have a BMI of 81---I'd think you can get on Social Security Disability and get Medicare. There's a two-year waiting period on Medicare, I think, but in the meantime you should qualify for Medicaid once you're considered disabled.
And I'd REALLY look into the DS!