I have a referral in hand for a panniculectomy from my primary physician (due to serious back issues) I am having the hardest time finding a surgeon who will accept medicaid... I was able to find one at Southern Illinois University but that is like 6 hours away from me and would make follow ups after surgery really difficult. Does anyone know of a Dr who accepts medicaid for this type of surgery in the Northern Illinois area?
Medicaid Covered Panniculectomy in Illinois?
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Paniculectomy coverage in Illinois?
I would highly recommend continued diet and exercise prior to any consideration for a panniculectomy or body contouring as getting down to your ideal weight prior to the procedure will certainly give you the best results as well as be the safest for you. Neither one is a weight loss procedure. Also, a continued healthy and active lifestyle will be needed in order to maintain the benefits that the procedure has given to you. You should consult with a plastic surgeon at anytime to go over options and in order to assist you in deciding which procedure(s) would be right one for you. Depending on your examination, photo documentation, and discussion of your symptoms, insurance coverage may be possible. I would begin with calling your insurance plan for recommendations and who is on your plan. Best wishes for a wonderful result!
A referral from your doctor does not mean medicaid will cover any part of your expense. In fact most times medicaid wont give an approval and the accepting doctor does the surgery only to find the procedure is turned down by medicaid after claim submission. The patient does not have money to pay and the doctor pays for surgery out of his own pocket. Unfortunately this is done commonly by the insurance companies including Medicaid and that is part of the reason you are having difficulty not only finding a provider but also finding a provider to respond to your post.