MUSC Bariatric Surgery Program

bariatric surgery PROGRAM

No Insurance Coverage or Self-pay

Many patients choose to pay for weight loss surgery themselves. In cooperation with Medical University of South Carolina, we offer special packages for cash patients, which include all usual services, at a significant discount. The actual rate varies, depending on the type of surgery chosen, and initial weight and health status.

  • MUSC Physicians, the physician billing office requires payment 14 days before your surgery is performed. MUSC Physicians will take these credit cards: American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Payment by check will require a cashier’s check.
  • MUHA, Medical University Hospital Authority, requires payment of the estimated costs 14 days before surgery.

Learn more about why you receive two bills for your surgery, one from MUSC Physicians and one from the Medical University of South Carolina (Hospital Authority).

For self-pay patients, or patients with insurance that elect to self-pay due to lack of insurance coverage, you will be quoted a fee for your Gastric Bypass, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Band Placement surgery.  Please note this fee ONLY covers routine services related to your surgery and is based upon usual and customary charges.  The fee quoted for weight loss surgery includes your surgeon’s fee, the anesthesiologist’s fee, the radiologist’s fee, and the hospital charges for the surgery only.  The fee does NOT include:

  • Pre-procedure office visits
  • Post-procedure office visits
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Other professional services required as a result of a complication
  • Other services provided unrelated to your gastric bypass

In other words, if the only surgery you require is the initial planned weight loss surgery, the fee quoted is all you will owe.  If you require additional physician specialties to manage a complication, or if your surgeon finds other problems that need to be fixed, such as repair or removal of your gallbladder or a hernia, you will have additional charges from the physicians. You will be responsible for those additional professional fees.  Your hospital bill for this admission will not change, regardless of your length of stay.

Introducing BLIS Insurance Coverage

MUSC's bariatric surgeons are BLIS surgeons.  Becoming a BLIS surgeon is a very selective process and means that we meet very high standards of short term outcomes and long term patient success.  As a result of our approval by BLIS, we are able to participate in an innovative new insurance coverage which allows us to make a commitment to our self-pay patients that, should a covered complication occur within certain time frames following surgery, our patients are not responsible for the costs associated with the care of that complication.

The complication protection is exclusively part of the package price you will pay for your weight loss surgery.  We are happy to provide this benefit to our patients and ease your mind and your wallet in this important decision to have a life-saving surgery.  Other terms and conditions apply; please contact our office and review the self-pay contract for further details about this program.

If you would like to become an advocate for change related to bariatric surgery benefits, please visit the Obesity Action Coalition to learn how you can help to affect healthcare policy and improve access to care for the treatment of obesity.

Non-surgical Programs at MUSC

The MUSC Weight Management Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and research programs for weight loss.

MUSC Weight Management Center


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