These other doctors or allied health professionals letters of support deeming the gastric bypass surgery or other form of weight loss surgery as medically necessary are important and it is best not to be passive at this point, but rather be active and seek out the appropriate evaluations and examinations to get these very necessary supporting documents. Some of these types of letters may be from people who are not participating in the insurance networks, but they are still important. The obese person should either ask the doctors to schedule these appointments or make them for themselves. It is also acceptable to ask to receive a copy of any letter of support that is written to an insurance company. This will ensure that the letter was at least written. Having a copy of them will be beneficial in the event that the insurance company does not receive them or misplaces them. Also, always ask that any of these additional letters not only be sent to the obese person and the insurance company but also the bariatric surgeon and the primary care doctors.
It may take a while to schedule all these visits, undergo all the tests and produce the letters of medical necessity, so it is important to be patient during the process. The obese person considering gastric bypass surgery or other form of weight loss surgery should begin scheduling these types of appointments as soon they become committed to obtaining the medical authorization.