Sadly, in most cases the question "does medical aid cover weight
loss? “ will be a stern and definite “no”.In the majority of cases such programs are deemed to be
cosmetic in nature, especially when it comes to surgery designed to achieve no other results other than the
removal of excess fat.
Bariatric surgery is covered by certain medical schemes, but
only if such procedures are deemed necessary for medical purposes and if it is seen as vital in preserving
the health of the member. It is best to communicate with the scheme before embarking upon this route. Certain
procedures may be approved and others not. It is important to keep in mind that specialists that are
experienced and capable in this type of procedures are rare and they are extremely expensive. On average,
patients will have to pay around R90 000.00 for a gastric bypass procedure. This would include the cost of the
surgeon, the anaesthetist, all the required tests and the cost of hospitalization. Of course, costs can differ
from one hospital to another and it is best to get a detailed quotation
Is There Such
A Thing As Medical Weight Loss?
Obesity is recognized as a major health hazard and South
Africans are among the top nations when it comes this problem. Many patients are required by their physicians
to lose weight because their weight is becoming a danger to their health. In such cases medically supervised
weight loss programmes may be devised in consultation with dieticians and fitness experts. Such programs may
prevent the development of serious chronic conditions but sadly most medical schemes will not pay for
What is the Use If I Have to Pay for
a Weight Loss Programme?
Even if the medical scheme will not pay for weight loss
programmes there are still distinct advantages of paying for such programs personally. Consider the facts. If
you are obese you are endangering yourself and you may even be putting your life at risk. These are the facts
and they are confirmed by numerous medical scientific studies. It is in your own interest to do something
There are numerous advantages to losing weight. Obese people are
more likely to contract debilitating diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, sleep apnoea, arthritis and
many other conditions. Many people that took the effort to lose weight found that their symptoms have
improved or disappeared altogether and that they are able to enjoy a much improved lifestyle. They feel less
self-conscious and they are not as prone to depression as they used to be.