The cost for bariatric surgery is generally not covered by insurance. Most patients seeking bariatric weight loss surgery must conduct their own research to learn about surgeries and providers. With no insurance company to guide or help them, many bariatric surgery patients find themselves confused about procedures, providers and expected results.

Surgery, by its very nature, is risky. Informed patients want to minimize their risk while still receiving affordable prices. Many patients consider accreditation to be a critical consideration in their decision-making process.

Accreditation is a process of evaluation and improvement, undertaken by health centers of any kind, and reviewed by companies that are specialized in this field and that employ both technical and medical staff. The purpose of this process is to offer ongoing improvement in the quality of care and service to the patient. The key word here is “ongoing.” This is a process that never ends. To a patient, this means that the bariatric center doesn’t only match the highest standards in the industry at the moment, but that it will match the standards in the future, as advancements in medicine and the field develop.

This is a powerful message and patients understand it. Quite simply, centers that have healthcare accreditation receive more patients over centers that offer only lower prices. This is especially true for bariatric centers that have been accredited by internationally recognized companies. One such company is Acreditas Global, a subsidiary of AAAHC, one of the leading and most recognized accreditation organizations in the United States.

Smart patients seek accredited healthcare organizations for their care. When competition increases among bariatric surgery providers, the organizations that best serve their customers are the ones that thrive. In this context, it’s easy to see that accreditation is not a cost, but a guarantee that leadership and commitment to quality will be recognized.