about our medical weight loss program...
Answer: Our prices are always posted.
Answer: New Mexico and Albuquerque gross receipts taxes are the only extra charges added to the ones listed above.
Answer: Absolutely not. Prescription weight loss medications can and will only be dispensed to patients who have a medical need for the medications and then only when the patient has no medical conditions that make the use of such medications unsafe. Our prescribing policies are covered elsewhere in great detail.
Question: Will I be charged if I see Dr. Holland and he determines that I cannot take prescription weight loss medications?
Answer: No. We won't charge you for a service we cannot render. We try however to screen people BEFORE they see Dr. Holland in order to avoid wasting your time and his.
Question: Do you offer any other options for people who cannot take or prefer not to take prescription medications?
Answer: We are currently negotiating with an international medical foods company to offer some patients the option of a medically supervised modified protein sparing fast. However, we do not currently offer such a program.
Answer: At your first visit Dr. Holland will give you a 90 minute lecture on nutrition and exercise. You will be provided with written material to emphasize the key points. You will have free online access to all of our teaching tools. Dr. Holland's book is available free online. At each followup visit Dr. Holland will review your progress and make guided suggestions about eating and exercise.
Answer: Because this is a medical practice and Dr. Holland will only make prescribing decisions for you on the basis of your personal and specific health and medical status. We do not want to create the impression that people can simply pick and choose prescription medications. That is not at all what our program is about. Rest assured that as a patient you will be fully informed of pricing.
Answer: Do you guarantee you'll eat right and exercise? No, we do NOT guarantee results. Dr. Holland practices medicine not miracles. Weight loss requires hard work over a long time. Dr. Holland tries to help by giving patients the tools to eat right and exercise and like all tools, they make the job easier but it still takes work.
Answer: Like all drugs they have risks, but the risks are very low. Meanwhile the risks to one's health of obesity are enormous. In the end, the question is this: is the likely benefit of taking a medication significantly greater than the likely risk? Dr. Holland will only prescribe weight loss medication when the answer is "yes".
Answer: Your first visit will take at least two hours. After that it varies from ten to thirty minutes although, like any doctor's office, sometimes we hit snags that cause a longer delay.
Answer: Cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, Discover and debit cards
Answer: No. We try to keep our prices low but frankly, a doctor has no business being a loan-shark to his patients. We're here to help you not hound you.
Answer: If it happens on the first visit we won't be able to take you as a patient. If an established patient falls on hard times, well then, we are human beings and will generally try to work with that person but that is very personal and depends on the circumstances. We are a business too.
Answer: No. But you are welcome to ask questions by email or phone.
Answer: No because insurance generally won't cover weight loss. We are happy to help you file a claim on your own behalf however but we expect payment at the time we render service.
Answer: Generally, yes.
Answer: No, but our competitors do. You may wish to talk to them.
Answer: We try. Seriously, we are a small locally-owned doctor's office. We try to have fun and we expect you to do the same.
Answer: Do you mean THIS stupid frog?