Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept cash, credit cards and checks at the office. You are also welcome to make a secure online payment below – just enter the amount and click the Payment Button. This currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
Q: Are these weight loss programs expensive?
A: No, they are not. Our medical weight loss programs emphasize teaching and high quality foods, not expensive “neutraceutical” supplements. By emphasizing healthy food choices, high quality protein supplements when desired (not expensive), and stocking our own high quality multivitamin, mineral supplement, and appetite suppressant medications (Phentermine and Tenuate), we are able to keep our costs as low as possible.
Many patients have told us that even with medical supervision, registered dietitians, appropriate use of appetite suppressant medications (Phentermine and Tenuate), and blood work monitoring, our programs cost less than many of the commercialized weight loss programs (that often emphasize purchasing products and meeting with “counselors” who are in fact highly trained sales people).
Weight Loss Pays For Itself!
When considering the cost of a weight loss program, it is equally important to consider the cost associated with obesity. A recent study showed that the cost of being obese averages from $2600 to $4900 per year. Most weight loss programs cost considerably less than this. People who maintain their weight loss can save an amount equal to the cost of the weight loss program each year the weight loss is maintained.
Q: Are these weight loss programs tax deductible?
A: In 2002, the IRS ruled that obesity is a disease. Therefore, some of the costs of obesity treatment qualify as tax-deductible medical expenses, and as such, individuals may pay for them with pre-tax dollars from medical flexible spending accounts and Health Care Spending Accounts.
Because every individual’s tax situation is unique, and because we are not qualified to give financial, tax, or accounting advice, we recommend researching or discussing your questions about deducting the costs of your program with your tax advisor. Also please note that foods used as part of a weight loss program (such as Optifast) are generally not considered tax deductible.