Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 1, 2010
Houston weight loss surgery specialist Dr. Richard Collier now offers the Fast Track Program for patients who do not want to wait through the lengthy insurance approval process to attain a healthier weight. Not only do his Fast Track patients bypass the hassles of coverage approval altogether so that they may undergo weight loss surgery immediately, many qualify to deduct a portion of the surgery costs from their taxes due to IRS provision 502.
Dr. Collier has seen a rise in interest for a program such as this because insurance coverage for the two procedures that he specializes in, Lap Band surgery and sleeve gastrectomy, have become increasingly difficult for his patients to obtain.
Today, for those who are morbidly obese or have co-morbid conditions that pose serious threats to their health, meeting insurance requirements for bariatric surgery entails proving a history of obesity for the past 3-5 years, 3-6 consecutive months of weight loss consultation with a primary care physician, 3-month consultation with a dietician, and evaluation by a mental health professional.
Dr. Collier created the Fast Track Program because he needed to provide an option for those who were declined coverage or did not want to go through the coverage approval process. With his new Fast Track Program, Dr. Collier’s cash-paying patients can undergo weight loss surgery when they feel ready and receive a private educational seminar.
During the private Fast Track seminar, weight loss surgery patients receive an extensive look at either the Lap-Band surgery or sleeve gastrectomy. They learn about the procedures themselves as well as safe and healthful preparation prior to surgery, and comprehensive aftercare.
These private seminars are especially comforting for those patients who feel too ashamed about their weight or their need for surgery to attend his standard group seminars. Patients who find it hard to discuss weight loss surgery with their family and friends, no matter how imperative it may be for them, can rely on the advocacy of Dr. Collier’s extensive aftercare program, which provides long-term patient support.
All of Dr. Collier’s patients, whether or not they’re part of the Fast Track Program, receive thorough education on the procedures and expansive after care.