Anyone who’s been on the weight loss yo-yo knows the frustration of following a diet, only to have the pounds pack back on. Dr. Matthew Mintz has struggled personally with weight issues and knows what it’s like. While there is no easy solution to a healthy weight, Dr. Mintz will work with you to help you achieve your goals. The key is using prescription medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, or Mounjaro, which in addition to lifestyle changes which can achieve weight loss close to what you might see with surgery. Dr. Mintz, located in Bethesda, Maryland, doesn’t market powders and shakes. Instead, he uses proven methods and gives you the support you need to succeed. Dr. Mintz welcomes all patients from Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Chevy Chase, and the surrounding areas of Washington D.C., and Virginia. Call or book a consultation online today.request an appointment
Why Do Most Weight Loss Programs Fail?
Diet and exercise are key to losing weight. There is no “magic pill” that can achieve weight loss without both. However, diet and exercise alone are usually not enough. This is because the human body has evolved over time to prevent you from losing weight. The body does this through a complex network of biochemicals and receptors. While these mechanisms were protective hundreds of years ago when famine and starvation were real threats to humans, today they just make weight loss extremely difficult. In fact, the older you are and the longer you have been overweight, the harder it is to lose that weight.
How does Dr. Mintz’ medical weight loss programs work?
Dr. Mintz is able to help patients achieve weight loss success by combing diet and exercise
with prescription medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, or Mounjaro that help to counteract some of the
factors that prevent weight loss. Dr. Mintz will take your lifestyle, habits, and tendencies into account, and help pick lifestyle changes and medications that will ensure your success. During this 12 month program, you have an initial comprehensive evaluation and continual monitoring.
Dr. Mintz will discuss diet and exercise plans that are realistic for your life, will work with you to customize a diet and exercise program that works for you, and prescribe the best weight loss medication(s) to ensure that you not only lose the weight, but keep it off.
What you won’t get with Dr. Mintz’ medical weight loss program are high-pressure sales pitches powders, mixes, and food in addition to the medical supervision found in many other weight loss programs.
How much weight can I lose?
While everyone is different, new prescription medications like Wegovy, Ozempic or Mounjaro work far better than previous weight loss pills. For example, studies have shown that patients on Mounjaro achieved an average loss of 60% of their excess weight in over a year. This is not that much different from the expected weight loss seen with obesity surgery, such as gastric bypass, that can achieve about 70% of excess weight in over a year.
Again, whether surgery or medication, there is no “magic bullet. Staying on track with diet an exercise is key to success, which is why Dr. Mintz will help customize a weight loss program specifically for you, and follow up with you regularly to ensure you achieve these goals.
What is Included?
- An initial, in-person comprehensive evaluation and customized weight loss plan
- Follow-up visits (in-person or virtual) at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months.
- 1 year of phone call/email service to answer any questions or troubleshoot problems.
- Initial blood work
- 1 year of prescription medications for weight loss, such as Ozempic or Mounjaro.
How Much Does this Cost? Is it Covered by my Insurance?
The fee for Dr. Mintz’ medical weight loss program is $1000. This includes everything except for blood work and medications. While Dr. Mintz doesn’t accept insurance, he can give you an invoice to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Blood work is drawn in Dr. Mintz’ office, and most insurances cover the entire cost of the labs ( your insurance may charge you a co-pay). Dr. Mintz prescribes a variety of weight loss medications, and many of them are also covered by insurance. As with most prescriptions, a co-pay may apply.
How Can Dr. Mintz Help Me Save Money On Weight Loss Medications?
While the new weight loss medications have been incredibly successful, their price tag has put them out of reach for many patients. Fortunately, Dr. Mintz can help you find ways to afford these medications regardless of your insurance coverage.
There are currently three GLP-1 injectable medications for weight loss: Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro. Ozempic and Mounjaro are currently only indicated for diabetes. This doesn’t mean they can’t be used in non-diabetics for weight loss. It just means your insurance won’t cover them unless you are diabetic (if your insurance company states they cover these medications, this means only if you have a diagnosis of diabetes). If your regular doctor hasn’t already done so, Dr. Mintz will check you for diabetes to see if you can receive coverage.
Wegovy is the exact same medication as Ozempic and made by the same company. However, it is indicated for obesity. Most insurances do not cover weight loss medications, but some will, such as the Federal government, Maryland state government, and certain private companies. Please check with your insurance company to see if they cover Wegovy. (If they say it requires prior authorization, this means it is covered. If they say they cover Ozempic, it means it’s not covered and will only cover Ozempic if you have diabetes). If Wegovy is covered by your insurance, your cost with a coupon could be $0.
For those who don’t have diabetes and insurance coverage for Wegovy, even with the manufacturer’s coupon; Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro cost about $1000 a month. Since this is not affordable for most patients, Dr. Mintz works with several compounding pharmacies that can provide these medications at significantly reduced cost. Compounding pharmacies are highly regulated by the FDA, and only a handful in the country meet the strict criteria that allow them to offer injectables for weight loss. Dr. Mintz has extensive experience working with compounding pharmacies and will ensure that you are only using legal, safe, and effective medication.
For semaglutide (the generic of Ozempic/Wegovy), the cost of a one-month supply at the maximum dose is $400 a month from one of the compounding pharmacies. However, most patients can achieve their weight loss goals at far less than the maximum dose. For example, the starting dose of semaglutide is one tenth (0.25mg) the maximum dose ($40/month), and half the maximum dose (1.25mg) would be $200/month. Alternatively, the pricing of regular Ozempic is the same for the starting dose (0.25mg/0.5mg) as the maximum dose (2mg), and Dr. Mintz can show you how to “count the clicks” to make the $1000 Ozempic pen last for many months. There are pros and cons of these and other options, which Dr. Mintz will discuss with you in more detail during your initial consultation. The bottom line is that Dr. Mintz will work with you to find a medication option that you can afford to help you achieve your weight loss goals.