Medical weight loss programs available online

Get access to ongoing weight loss management with a board-certified doctor, including prescription weight management medication as medically necessary. Our doctor-led online weight loss programs are available to you with or without insurance, and no minimum commitment is required. Talk with one of our doctors online today to learn which weight loss treatment plan is right for you.*

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Personalized programs created by expert primary care physicians

Insurance accepted, but not required, for medical visits and prescription medication

Effective FDA-approved medications for weight loss (if prescribed)

*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and our prescription discount card.

Weight loss treatment and management services

Our weight loss program includes access to services that help countless patients achieve their weight loss and overall health goals, safely. With our extensive network of expert primary care physicians and access to prescription weight loss medication, it is easy to take charge of your health today. Our scientific, sustainable approach to weight loss ensures that you manage your weight long-term and continue to improve in other areas of your life, like diet, sleep, exercise, and mental wellbeing. Some of our offerings include:

  • Effective prescription weight loss medications

    Our board-certified physicians have the ability to prescribe the most effective prescription weight loss medications. After a consultation, our doctors will order any necessary evaluations and lab tests to determine the best treatment route for your needs.

    Many weight loss prescriptions are covered by insurance, and our physicians can help with prior authorizations if needed. Some of the medications we commonly prescribe for weight loss online include:

    FDA-approved for weight loss

  • Type-2 diabetes

  • Customized physician-backed treatment plan

    Every patient is seen by a board-certified primary care physician, with experience in caring for patients with weight concerns. PlushCare’s evidence-based and scientific approach to weight loss can help set you up for long term success.

  • Ongoing treatment monitoring

    Our weight loss program includes ongoing treatment monitoring from your care team. Your physician will continue to monitor your progress even after you reach your goal, to make sure the strategy continues to work for you in the long term.

Online medical weight loss center FAQs

  • What information do I need before my first doctor’s visit?

    To help you prepare for your first doctor's visit, it is helpful to gather the following information:   

    • List any other medications (if any) you previously tried for your specific condition, along with the corresponding dates of use and why you feel the medications did not work for you.  

    • If you have specific lab results that support your need for the medication, you can upload it to your chart before your first doctor’s visit or email it to [email protected].    

    • If you are seeking weight loss medication, please provide documentation and/or receipts from any earlier diet/exercise programs. 

  • What is the best method for weight management?

    The best method for weight management incorporates lifestyle modifications that are sustainable long term. Medication can help manage weight effectively, but only when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Medical weight loss programs combine these factors with supervision under a board certified physician, to ensure your weight management plan is achievable and sustainable.

  • What is the concept of weight management?

    The concept of weight management refers to maintaining your goal weight long term. After losing weight, you will need to continue many of the diet and lifestyle modifications you initially made to lose the weight, to keep the weight off. Our doctors make weight management easy, continuing to monitor your treatment progress after you reach your goal weight, to ensure sustainability.

  • How can I lose weight with an online weight loss doctor?

    You can lose weight online through a platform providing a comprehensive treatment plan, including guidance from a board-certified doctor. This can be done on our platform, which includes visits with a physician to establish treatment goals, and prescription medication as medically necessary.

  • How fast do you lose weight with medical weight loss?

    You can expect to lose about 5-10% of your weight over a 6 month time period. You can expect to lose weight at a rate of up to 1-2 pounds per week. This means that if you weighed 200 pounds, you could expect to lose 10-20 pounds, by incorporating doctor-suggested lifestyle changes in addition to medication.

  • How to get an online weight loss prescription?

    Our board-certified doctors can prescribe weight loss medications, after conducting an initial doctor consultation online and ordering any necessary evaluations to the lab nearest you. After completing any necessary testing, your doctor will discuss the best medication options for you. It is important to note that medication is only effective in combination with healthy lifestyle changes.

    Most branded weight loss medications require a prior authorization in order for insurance to cover the cost. Your PlushCare physician and care team will reach out to your insurer on your behalf, and this process can take several business days. If you are denied the prior authorization or do not have health insurance, you may still purchase the medication at the full cash price.

  • How do medical weight loss programs work?

    Medical weight loss programs take a scientific approach to weight management. Our board-certified doctors customize treatment plans based on each individual's lifestyle and health conditions. They combine prescription medication and ongoing treatment monitoring to ensure long-term success and avoid the possibility of relapse.

  • Are medical weight loss programs effective?

    Medical weight loss programs are effective because they incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes in addition to effective medication, under supervision of a board-certified doctor. Medication for weight management is an effective component in losing and keeping off weight, but only when complemented by appropriate dietary choices and exercise.

  • Can I use insurance for weight loss management?

    Yes, we are in network with most major insurance providers. You'll have the option to search for and select your insurance provider when you book an online appointment in order to determine if your insurance is in network.

    It is important to know that not every insurance plan will cover the cost of medications.  Prior to seeing your medical provider, we recommend checking your plan’s benefits to see if weight loss medicine is covered, and if so, for what particular diagnoses. Most branded weight loss medications require prior authorization in order for insurance to cover the cost. Your doctor and care team can reach out to your insurer on your behalf, which can take several business days. If you are denied the prior authorization, you can still purchase the medication at the full cash price.

  • Can PlushCare perform preoperative evaluations on prospective bariatric surgical patients?

    No, we do not provide evaluations for bariatric surgery. However, PlushCare doctors can assist with pre-surgical weight loss if recommended by your bariatric surgeon, and we can help monitor vitamin levels and routine blood testing after surgery.

  • Who can join the PlushCare weight loss program?

    Our weight loss program can help you get to a healthy weight. If you have type 2 diabetes, a BMI of 30, or a BMI of 27 with one weight-related medical condition, you may be a candidate for medications such as Wegovy®, Saxenda®, Topiramate, Wellbutrin, or Contrave® for weight loss, or diabetes medications such as Ozempic® and Mounjaro®.

    BMI is calculated by dividing an individual's weight in kilograms (kg), by the square of their height in meters (m2).

    We do not treat patients with symptoms of an active eating disorder with weight loss medication, including bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. But don't worry - even if you aren't enrolled in the weight loss program, you can still join PlushCare and speak with a doctor about any of your health concerns.

  • Where is the best place to start to lose weight?

    Weight loss should begin with healthy lifestyle modifications, including incorporating a healthy diet and regular exercise plan. To learn more about weight loss treatment plans and find the best approach for you, talk to one of our doctors today about your options.

  • Does 5-10% weight loss improve my health?

    There is scientific evidence that losing 5-10% of your body weight can improve many obesity-related conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and more.

  • Am I eligible for weight loss medication?

    Weight loss medication is not necessarily for everyone. Book a visit with one of our board-certified doctors to determine the optimal weight management plan for your specific needs. This plan may or may not include medication. However, if you are not eligible for medication, our doctors can still help with diet and exercise as part of a customized weight management plan.

  • Can I use insurance for weight loss medication?

    Yes, we are in network with most major insurance providers.

    However, most branded weight loss medications require prior authorization in order for insurance to cover the cost. Your PlushCare physician and care team will reach out to your insurer on your behalf, and this process can take several business days. If you are denied the prior authorization or do not have health insurance, you may still purchase the medication at the full cash price.

  • How much will weight loss medication cost?

    Prices vary depending on the medication type, and whether or not you use insurance to pay for it. Most branded weight loss medications require prior authorization in order for insurance to cover the cost. We recommend checking with your insurance to see if these weight loss medications are covered as they usually cost about $1000 per month out of pocket. With our in-app Rx Discount Card, patients have saved from 7-20% on these medications.

  • I have a normal BMI—can I get a prescription for a weight loss drug?

    No, we do not treat new patients with normal BMI with weight loss pharmacotherapy, unless the patient shares outside records documenting previous obesity.

  • If I take weight management medications, do I still need to eat healthy and exercise to lose weight?

    Yes, weight loss medications are most effective when part of a holistic treatment plan, including long term lifestyle changes. A board-certified doctor will work with you to determine a diet and exercise plan that works for you.

  • What happens when you stop taking weight loss medications?

    When weight loss medications are stopped, many people gain the weight back. Drugs like Wegovy® and Ozempic® lower a person's appetite to help with weight loss, but experts suggest that once people stop taking these drugs, they can experience weight gain. The rates of weight gain after stopping Wegovy® vary depending on the individual, and available data suggests that with some individuals, weight gain will come back earlier, and with others, it may come later.

    It's important to note that getting a Wegovy® or Ozempic® (semaglutide) prescription online without proper advice from your doctor can pose risks. It's recommended to consult your doctor for guidance on how to take these medications.  Whether you're exploring options for an Ozempic® or a Wegovy® prescription online, your doctor is crucial in ensuring a safe and effective weight loss journey.

  • What information does PlushCare need for a prior authorization?

    While you are scheduling your second weight loss visit, you will be asked for your insurance information. This includes your insurance RX number, BIN number, PCN number, insurance identification number, and your address listed with your insurance provider.  This information is often listed on your insurance card. If you have any trouble finding this information or need to confirm information on file with your insurance, please contact your insurance before filling out our PA form. 



    Our information will need to match your insurance provider’s information. If the information does not match their records, there may be delays in processing your prior authorization. If we need more information, we will reach out to you for clarification. Please make sure you check your email regularly in case we reach out to you. If you were not asked for this information or there are changes to this information since you submitted it, please email [email protected] so that we can process your prior authorization. 

  • What information do I need for my prior authorization?

    If applicable, please list the other medications you previously tried for your specific condition. You will want to list the dates you took these medications and why these medications did not work for you. If you have specific lab results that support your need for the medication, you can also send that to our prior authorization department when filling out your prior authorization Form.  If you are applying for weight loss medication, please provide documentation / receipts from any earlier diet/exercise programs.

  • How do I start the prior authorization process?

    • The information that we need to submit your prior authorization is collected in your doctor appointments, by getting your lab work done, and by entering your insurance information before your second visit. 

    • Our prior authorization process starts automatically once your doctor prescribes medications to treat weight loss or  type 2 diabetes. You will receive a confirmation email that your information was received and in the queue. It usually takes 3-7 business days for our team to compile the necessary information to submit your PA, but this can vary. If we need more information from you, we will reach out via email.  Please make sure that you check your email regularly.  The prior authorization can be delayed if we do not have all the information that we need to submit a complete PA.    If you were prescribed a medication that needs a prior authorization and you did not receive a confirmation email from us, please reach out to our support team. 

      If you have a change in your demographics or insurance information, please contact [email protected] so that we can submit your PA with the correct information and avoid unnecessary PA denials. 

      If you’ve been prescribed a different type of medication and your pharmacy has told you a PA is needed, you can let us know by calling 1-888-729-0438 or by emailing [email protected]. You may be asked to fill out a short intake form with information about your insurance and prescription history. 

      Once your PA is submitted, you’ll receive an email titled “PRIOR AUTH SUBMISSION”. Your insurance will now review the documentation provided and issue a determination. The insurance processing times vary; the average is 7-14 days. We’ll notify you once we receive an outcome. Sometimes your insurance will send you an PA outcome without sending it to us. If you receive a PA outcome and have not heard from us, please send a photo of your letter to us. 

      If you have any questions during this time, you can reach the Prior Authorizations team directly by responding to the message titled “PRIOR AUTH SUBMISSION”. You can also contact your pharmacy benefit plan directly. If you contact your plan, please call your pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) as they will handle the prior authorization for your prescription and not your medical insurance network. The contact information for your PBM should be on your insurance card but may be on a separate card- common PBMs are ExpressScripts, CVS Caremark, and OptumRx.  

      If you did call your PBM and they do not have your prior authorization, even though you received communication from us that we submitted the prior authorization, please give us a call at 1-888-729-0438. 

  • How long does the prior authorization process take?

    On average, prior authorizations can take 7-14 business days to process, however, decision times vary based on your insurance provider and other factors. We check for updates from your insurance company every 7 days. You will receive an email when there is an update with your prior authorization.  You may also get an email that more information is needed if your insurance information has changed, address has changed, or other information is needed to process your PA. 

  • How do I find out if my insurance plan covers weight loss medications?

    Knowing what your insurance plan covers will help you decide on a treatment plan with your doctor. You should look online or call your insurance company to find out if your pharmacy benefits plan (PBM) covers FDA-approved weight loss medications, such as Contrave®, Saxenda®, Wegovy®, or ZepboundOzempic®, Mounjaro®, and Rybelsus® are FDA-approved diabetes medications that are covered only for patients who have type 2 diabetes; these medications are not covered for weight loss. 

  • The weight loss medication I was prescribed is expensive. Is there anything I can do to reduce the cost?

    Contact your insurance about other weight loss medications:

    If your medication is not covered, we advise that you contact your insurance to verify what medications are covered, including details on dosages and if coverage is only for patients with specific diagnoses. Once you know what medications are covered by your plan, book a follow-up with your provider to discuss an alternate medication. As always, prescriptions are up to your doctor’s discretion. Please contact us if you need assistance.

    Try a cash pay medication:

    Some medications are not covered by insurance, but may be cheaper overall. If you are interested in exploring one of these options, please book an appointment to discuss with your doctor. We are not affiliated with these companies.

    Contrave is a cash pay option for $99 dollars for home delivery.

    Use your HSA or FSA:

    You can save an average of 30% by using pre-tax HSA or FSA dollars for your medications. 

  • Where is my prior authorization?

    The status of your prior authorization depends on what step you are at within the process: 

    If you’ve been prescribed an injectable medication for weight loss or type 2 diabetes, our team will automatically start compiling the necessary information. This usually takes 3-7 business days but can vary. If you’ve been prescribed a different type of medication and your pharmacy has told you a PA is needed, you can let us know by calling 1-888-729-0438 or by emailing [email protected]. You may be asked to fill out a short intake form with information about your insurance and prescription history.  

    Once your PA is submitted, you’ll receive an email titled “PRIOR AUTH SUBMISSION”. Your insurance will now review the documentation provided and issue a determination. On average, prior authorizations can take 7-14 business days to process, however, processing times vary. We’ll notify you once we receive an outcome. Sometimes your insurance will send you a PA determination without sending it to us. If you receive a PA determination and have not heard from us, please send a photo of your letter to us. 

    If you have any questions during this time, you can reach the Prior Authorizations team directly by responding to the message titled “PRIOR AUTH SUBMISSION” or contact your pharmacy benefit plan directly. Please make sure you call your pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) as they are responsible for managing the prior authorization for your prescription, rather than your medical insurance network. The contact information for your PBM should be on your insurance card but may be on a separate card- common PBMs are ExpressScripts, CVS Caremark, and OptumRx. 

    If you have contacted your PBM and they do not have your prior authorization on file, even though you received communication from us confirming its submission, please give us a call at 1-888-729-0438. 

  • I called my insurance and my prior authorization has not been submitted yet?

    Please make sure you called your pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) as they will handle the prior authorization for your prescription and not your insurance network. The contact information for your PBM should be on your insurance card but sometimes may be on a separate card- common PBMs are ExpressScripts, CVS Caremark, and OptumRx.

    If you did call your PBM and they do not have your prior authorization, even though you received communication from us that we submitted the prior authorization, please give us a call at 1-800-221-5140.

3 simple steps to discuss your personalized weight loss plan

Step 1

Book a visit with a doctor online to discuss weight loss.

During your first visit, your PlushCare doctor will review your medical history and health goals.

Step 2

Talk to your physician regarding your weight loss goals.

Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer. Often, lab work is required, and they’ll send an order to your preferred lab. Once your results are available, your doctor will review them with you and discuss treatment options.

Step 3

Follow up with your doctor to discuss a prescription for weight loss, if you qualify.

Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. If medication is prescribed, it will be sent to your pharmacy of choice.Learn more about the cost of medication and whether a prior authorization is needed in the FAQ section below.

Weight loss program pricing details

How pricing works

Become a member for medically guided weight management.

Paying with insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

Copay

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance

Membership

$16.99/month

First month free

Visits

$129

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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*If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund. Please note that any medication or lab work costs are not included.

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