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saintofhate t1_iylbfhy wrote

I call bullshit that it's TikTok's fault. You still need to have it prescribed and without insurance it's 4 grand in the US. No one is taking this medication for shits and giggles and if it's covered, it's probably because they need it. Obesity can and often will cause more issues down the line in life.


neoplastic_pleonasm t1_iynrpsb wrote

Without insurance coverage it's $25/mo with Eli Lillys discount card, and telehealth docs will readily prescribe it. I still don't think it's TikToks fault.

Source: I'm on it.

Edit: ah, the article is about semaglutide. I'm on the newer tirzepatide, but they're having the same issue


Xist3nce t1_iylcjvs wrote

The number of women who outright pay for the entirety of gastric bypass surgery because their insurance covered it was way higher than you’d expect. Working in insurance id get 20 calls a week about getting Gastric surgeries covered, and half of them when they hear it’s not covered just tell their doctor they’ll pay out of pocket. It was NUTS to me to hear people pay this much to lose a couple pounds while I’m struggling to eat more than once a day.


Rosebunse t1_iylcx6c wrote

I'm sorry you're going through this, but gastric bypass Islamorada surgery and is only meant to be given to the very, very morbidly obese. It is not just to "lose a few pounds."


Xist3nce t1_iylg7gx wrote

I’m not a medical provider, but I did speak with MANY who did “recommend” it for their 200lbs patients. Generally to be considered insurance wise it was BMI 35 with comorbidity or BMI 40+. So 9/10 I was just having to deny peoples claims for this. I handled far too many of them, also a decent amount of them OOC ie out of country/medical tourism. I didn’t know people were so casual with surgeries until working there.


saintofhate t1_iyldaf6 wrote

I'm not going to lie I'm a little biased on gastric surgery because it does not fix the root problem. It's a quick fix to lose a lot of weight, but if you do not treat the reason behind your eating and fix your diet it does not keep up and you gain weight back.

So many people struggle with their body imagine, mental health, and nutrition and it's so much easier to buy into a supposed fix instead of doing more work that if not done right makes the problem worse.

Like I wish I could control my diet but I have an eating disorder and unlike drugs, you can't just not eat. I think if I did have a drug problem people would treat my addiction with kindness than they do EDs.


Xist3nce t1_iylgemh wrote

It just freaks me out how casual people are about it. I always heard it was a last ditch effort for incredibly obese people. It was frequently not that.