Ok worms, here it goes-no holds barred. How DARE you take someone who comes to you with an eating problem and make them 1. PROVE they can't lose weight without help (insurance hoop) and 2. PROVE they WILL lose weight if you promise to give them a band. (dr. hoop).
That's like taking a diabetic and making them document their coma's and then show their loyalty by giving up all sugar for 6 months beforing offering to give them treatment.
It's abusive, cruel and demeaning-and no one will fight it because people want their bands and WLS so they comply comply comply.
The self pay route is a lot less horrific. BUT, if the doctor can make money on 15K (in USA) WHY does he bill the insurance company 30-35K? While all of you play your mind/money games, people are being denied treatment that will help them live, be more productive and less of a burden on our overburdened medical system.
Shame on you.