1. Will insurance cover the cost of the program?
UnaSource is very sensitive to the high cost of health care. We certainly applaud you for recognizing the importance of weight management in your overall health. UnaSource will bill your insurance company, but payment is not guaranteed. It is always recommended to check with your insurance company first regarding coverage for weight management services.
2. I heard this is tax deductible, is that true?
IRS Ruling 2002-19 states that medical costs associated with the treatment of obesity may be tax deductible. Please seek the advice of a tax preparer for additional information.
3. Can I use my Flexible Spending Account to assist with payment?
Employees with health care reimbursement accounts set up through their employers are able to request reimbursement for medical services from their tax-advantaged spending account. You can thus receive the services at UnaSource at a reduced rate with pre-taxed dollars. For additional information refer to: http://www.irs.ustreas.gov.
4. I do not want to use protein supplements. Can I still be seen for weight loss?
Indeed, our goal is your good health. Although we offer programs that are nutritionally sound using protein supplements, we will work with you, respecting your needs, preferences, allergies, ethnic background, dietary history, and goals. We can create an all food diet plan that is just right for you.
5. What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes a food plan abundant in plant foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil as the principal source of fat, lean meat in limited quantities, fish in moderate to high quantities, and whole grains. As research supports the validity of this dietary plan for heart health, the Mediterranean diet is encouraged after patients reach their weight goal.
6. Why should I attend the nutrition and behavioral classes?
Although not mandatory, the nutrition and behavioral classes offer a wealth of information, support, tips, and assistance towards a healthier you. Attendance is strongly encouraged.
7. My doctor has been encouraging me to lose weight, but has not given me a plan. How can I tell him/her what I am doing?
Certainly your doctor is appropriately concerned and will be pleased with this step you are taking. S/he will receive regular reports on your progress from your supervising physician. UnaSource doctors do not take the place of your primary care physician. All your health care needs except for those addressed by the UnaSource physician are the responsibility of your primary care physician.