Answers To Common Questions
Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we get. If you don’t see an answer to a question you have, or if you’d like clarification on something you see, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us at 717-695-0007 or send us a message. We’d love to hear from you!
How much will this cost?
The first visit is $150 plus the cost of your medicine. We do not know what medication you will be on until you get here and have your first appointment. Our medications cost from $5-$45 for a 30-day supply and filled on-site for your convenience. We have you follow up every month to check on the status of your weight loss and the medications. The follow-up visits are $95 plus the cost of your medications and or prescriptions (see our page regarding Office Fees & Medication Pricing). We do not require that you sign contracts or payment in advance (excluding Saturday appointments). We do, however, have packages available to save you money! We also accept CareCredit, along with other types of payments.
I have seen commercials for a new weight loss medication or heard about them from a friend, do you prescribe these medications?
Yes, we can and often do prescribe weight loss medications that we do not carry in the office. These medications are newer (coming out between 2012 and 2014) and available in pharmacies. These medications include:
I’m not technically obese so would I be a candidate for your program?
We can see anyone who has gained a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time or anyone who has suddenly gained weight and is uncomfortable. We can also help anyone with a family history of weight related illnesses (ex: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke) get you down to a reasonable weight to avoid such issues in their future.
I read somewhere that some of the medications can have side effects that may be dangerous, are they safe to take?
We would never give our patients medications that were not safe. We consider many things when prescribing a medication that we believe would be best. We consider things such as medications you are currently taking, past and present health problems, and family history. Both of our providers have 10+ years’ experience with family medicine and are familiar with all medications as well as all health problems. We see our patients once a month to monitor your blood pressure, weight, and to discuss any changes, adverse reactions, or side effects. We also have several ways for our patients to contact us so that your concerns or problems are addressed in a reasonable amount of time. As long as you follow up properly and make us aware of any problems, we never go too long without contact. Because you are medically monitored, the medications are very safe when taken correctly.
Why don’t you take insurance?
Most insurances will not cover weight loss services or medications unless you are entering into a surgical weight loss program and even then they may not. We know that and that is why we offer low-cost services and medication. We can give you everything you need to submit your claim to insurance, should you wish to do so.
Do I have to sign a contract or pay any start-up costs?
NO. As a medical practice, we want what is best for you. You pay per visit, we do not offer high cost plans or programs. If you cannot afford to come back or just decide it’s not the right time for you, you can return when it is. There is no contract to sign. No up-front starting fee or any other gimmicks to lock you in to our services, you come and go as you choose.
How often do I have to be seen?
We typically see patients one time per month to recheck their medications and to follow their weight and overall health. We are available throughout that month as much as you need us if you have questions or problems, via the telephone, email or our website.
What makes your service different from any other weight loss program out there?
1. We are much lower cost. It doesn’t matter how you look at it you will pay less with us whether you see us one time or you come to see us every month for years.
2. You pay per visit, there is no up-front startup fee and we will never make you sign into a contract.
3. We are a medically based weight loss center. This means we prescribe medications that will help you win the battle against weight loss. We do not offer surgery and we do not offer drastic calorie reduction diets such as HCG. We employ highly trained staff to provide you individualized dietary and exercise counseling as well as guidance for lifestyle changes.
4. What we do is specialized treatment tailored to each individual. We do not try to sell you “all natural” cures. We use medications that have been tested and proven to be safe and effective. Every patient is different, we know that, we understand. We will work with you whether you want to do nothing but take a medication or whether you want to start an all-out lifestyle change. We do what works best for you based on how much or how little effort and time you want to put into your weight loss.