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Tracy Tayan Designs $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway ~ Ends 2/20

Tracy Tayan Designs $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

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Sponsor: Tracy Tayan Designs

Prize: Tracy Tayan Designs $50 Gift Certificate

Imagine moments of your life crafted in silver, memories reflected in copper and a smile stamped into brass.  That is what Tracy Tayan Designs does.  All her jewelry is personalized and hand stamped, creating a unique timeless keepsake.  Choose from my many designs or allow your inspiration to create your own.

Dates: 2/6-2/20

Open to: US Residents 18+

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I See Me Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Personalized Storybook Giveaway ~ Ends 2/20

I See Me Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Personalized Storybook Giveaway

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Sponsor: I See Me

Prize: I See Me Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Personalized Storybook

It is often said that there is no better gift that you can give a child than love. Who Loves Me? features the names of family members and friends who love the child, and encourages the child to reach to the sky when asked “how much” each of one of them loves him or her. This beautifully illustrated personalized children’s book reassures the child that he or she is loved “so much” by each person, with melodious rhymes describing the depth of each individual’s love. When ordering, customers have the option to upload a photo of their child to appear on the dedication page of the book. Children love seeing their names and photos in print! Written by Jennifer Dewing, with colorful, whimsical illustrations by Maria Carluccio, this hardcover book is a perfect gift for your Valentine!

Dates: 2/6-2/20

Open to: US Residents 18+

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Yogurtland $20 Gift Card Giveaway ~ Enter Today! Ends 2/16

Welcome to the

Yogurtland $20 Gift Card Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again!

Yogurtland’s National Frozen Yogurt Day celebration is

next week – Feb. 8 with free yogurt and toppings from 4 – 7 pm at all locations!

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Yummy!! Everyone loves frozen yogurt and this is just such a bonus. On February 8 you can get free yogurt and toppings and we are also having a giveaway to celebrate this awesome event! One lucky reader will win a $20 gift card to Yogurtland to enjoy their favorite yogurt any time!! Enter Below and Good Luck!

 

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XOXO Giveaway Hop ~ Kinderfeets Classic Push Bike Giveaway! 1 Lucky Winner! ($109 RV) Ends 3/03

Kinderfeets Classic Push Bike Giveaway! 1 Lucky Winner! ($109 RV) Ends 3/03 ***Part of The XOXO Giveaway Hop***

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Welcome to the XOXO Giveaway Hop! We’ve come together with a bunch of other blogs to bring you all a bunch of fun and cool giveaways…. This is a great way to find lots of giveaways to enter all in ONE place! Each blog will have their own giveaways with prizes ranging from $15 on up. Hop all around and enter to win as many giveaways as you choose…. lots of fun.

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Deliciously Savvy is Hosting a Giveaway for 1 Lucky Winner to Receive a Classic Kinderfeets Push Bike: It is the Award Winning Wooden Pushbike with Chalkboard Finish in a Variety of Colors! You Can Write Personalized Messages On It and The Kiddies Can Draw Away! $109 Retail Value! Enter Today & Good Luck!

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1 Lucky Winner will a Kinderfeets Classic Balance Bike In The Color Of Their Choice! $109 RV! Make sure you Check Out The LINKY Below Loaded with Amazing Giveaways and Fabulous Prizes! Good Luck To All!

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Giveaway Dates ~ 02/05 11:59PM EST until 03/03 11:59PM EST

Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Jord Watch Giveaway ~ Ends 3/03 (Enter Today & Good Luck!)

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$129 Gift Certificate

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I am so excited to work with all of the fabulous bloggers promoting and supporting this amazing giveaway! Jord Wood Watches are beautifully made and amazing timepieces that will last a lifetime.  Also… check the Linky below to see all of the other Great Giveaways that are a part of the XOXO Giveaway Hop! So many fabulous prizes up for grabs! Enter Today & Good Luck!

And The Giveaway is Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates: Starts on 2/5 And Ends 3/5/ 11:59PM EST 11:59 PM EST

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WaxonWare Deep Frying Pan Giveaway ~ Ends 3/05 ~ Enter Today & Good Luck!

Don't Miss Your Chance To ‪#‎WIN‬ a ‪#‎WaxonWare‬ Deep Frying Pan in The ‪#‎Giveaway‬ Ending 3/5

WaxonWare-Cookware Designed To Suit Your Taste

Introducing STONETEC- The latest and safest in granite/ceramic coating technology made of natural earthly stone minerals. The STONETEC pan by WaxonWare is becoming the number one leading ceramic coated fry pan in the world.

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Product Description:

  • STONETEC; A 100% PFOA,LEAD, and CADMIUM FREE Natural Stone/Granite 5 Layer Ultra Non-Stick Ceramic Coating
  • TOP GRADE ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION BOTTOM For Even Heat Distribution & Anti-Warp Protection , It Can Be Used On All Cooking Surfaces Including Induction , Oven Safe Withstanding Up To 350F Temperature
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & EXTREMELY DURABLE With A Riveted Heat Resistant / Stay Cool Silicone Handle & A Table Mat That Enables You To Place The Pan Directly From Over A Stovetop & Onto Your Table Thus Protecting The Pan & Your Table Surface From Heat & Scratches
  • MADE OF HIGH QUALITY PRESSED ALUMINUM 3003 Alloy Used For Professional Grade Frying Pans & Designed With A Gorgeous Modern Design That Looks & Feels Elegant In Your Kitchen Making It A One Of A Kind Piece Of Cookware That Can’t Be Found Anywhere Else
  • 3 YEARS LIMITED WARRANTY (30 Days Money Back Guarantee With No Questions Asked) + DISHWASHER SAFE & Although It’s Dishwasher Safe, WaxonWare Recommends Washing The Pan By Hand For A Long Lasting Non-Stick Coating Effect Especially After You Try & See How Easy It Is To Clean This Pan By Hand
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS PAN:
I found that this eleven-inch pan is not just stunning looking, but it also had plenty of room to brown all the fixings for my potato soup. Even after I browned two types of sausage, onions, and mushrooms in it all I had to do was rinse the pan and wipe it with a cloth to clean it. Then I made the grill cheese to go with my soup and the even heating of this pan had it evenly browned and ready to enjoy in no time. I am very pleased with the weight, design, and performance of this pan and would recommend it with confidence to my family and friends. Disclosure: I received this product for free/discounted however this in no way influenced my review. I only write honest reviews regardless of whether I purchased a product at full price, at a discount, or received it free.
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Dates: February 5th, 2016 at 12:01 am EST through March 5th, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST
Prize: One lucky reader will win this 11-Inch WaxonWare Deep Frying Pan With Stonetec
 

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Suuchi Custom Circle Scarf Giveaway ~ Ends 2/17

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 photo SuuchiGiveawaySquare_zpsgyiiodrz.jpgI am so thrilled to work with this amazing group of bloggers to bring you this stylish and fabulous prize! Scarfs are the best this time of year and I would never go without one. These look awesome & are made in the USA!!! Enter Today to win one for yourself! Good Luck!

The circle scarf like all the other items on their fashion website are custom made in the fabrics you desire. They are assembled by skilled seamstresses in their New Jersey facility. Yes, they are made in the USA.

To purchase your own Custom Circle Scarf from Suuchi visit their website and find menu item Accessories and then Circle Scarf for $40. They have many different custom designed styles of dresses, blouses, pants, jackets and skirts for work or casual wear as well – custom made to your measurements and in the fabrics of your choice.

Open to residents of the continental US ages 18+. One winner will be chosen from valid entries to receive a coupon code good for the redemption of one custom made Circle Scarf from Suuchi! Ends 2/17/16.

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Learning Colors and Shapes Play Mat Giveaway! Ends 3/03

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Welcome To The Learning Colors and Shapes Play Mat Giveaway!

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Sponsored by: Ultra PRO

Ultra Pro knows that understanding shapes helps children to develop the foundation needed for math and other academics. That’s why the shape-themed games that come with this mat provide children with the opportunities to learn about matching, creative thinking, and problem solving.

Check out my review here.

Now For The Giveaway!

1 LUCKY WINNER will receive the Ultra Pro Learning Colors and Shapes Play Mat!

This giveaway will run through 3/3/16 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Chances of winning depend on entries received. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 24 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions or concerns please email silvie@mysillylittlegang.com (please consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as the winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools form. Thank You for stopping by!

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Ergo Chef/Island Bamboo Month of Love Giveaway ~ Ends 2/25

Ergo Chef/Island Bamboo Month Of Love Giveaway

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps and a great group of dedicated blogs are honored
to work with Ergo Chef Cutlery and Island Bamboo to bring you the “Ergo Chef Month Of Love Giveaway”. Two lucky winners will each win a Ergo Chef 8″ Pro Series No Grounds Chef Knife and a Island Bamboo Carving Board 18″ x 12“. Each Package is valued at $190.00 each.


Prizes:   
8″ Pro Series Patented Chef Knife  

 

The 8″ Chef knife is the Work Horse in the kitchen. Our patented design, with its ergonomic angled handle, can make virtually all types of cutting more comfortable and effortless than standard knives (cutlery). The smooth clean sides with no hollow grounds for easy cleaning keeps it’s strength and durability even after sharpening without the hollow grounds in the blade. Precision balanced and fully forged for a lifetime of use. This chef cutlery helps reduce wrist movement during chopping, and can decrease stress on the muscles in your wrist, hand and forearm; and the extended heel or blade of the knife prevents your knuckles from contacting the cutting surface. The cutlery is perfectly balanced and ground to perfection. Once you try it, you will want no other. Our knives were highly rated by many publications and by many culinary professors.

Features:
Blade: German Made Carbon Stainless Steel (X50CrMoV15)
Blade Length: 8″ of Cut
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Hue Bamboo creates a whole new look for cutting boards with this cool, colorful update. White birch, a wood renowned for its strength, is stained in a food-safe rainbow of warm tonal colors. The wood accent trim is set into the edges of the bamboo board to add style, strength and long-lasting durability. It’s finished with smooth round edges and a gravy groove to catch flavorful juices. Extra-large board accommodates a turkey, ham or roast. With a hardness 16 times greater than oak or maple, bamboo is great for cutting, chopping, dicing and mincing while keeping premium chef’s knives sharp. Its ultra-smooth surface rinses clear of residue and odors. Fast-growing Moso bamboo is prized for its sustainability, versatility and natural anti-microbial characteristics. When it comes to great design, it’s all about HUE.

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Eating Healthy In The New Year Giveaway with IONutrition #IONutrition ~ Ends 2/18

Eating Healthy In The New Year Giveaway with IONutrition #IONutrition

healthyeating222Deliciously Savvy Is Hosting A Healthy Eating Giveaway Sponsored By IONutrition! 2 Lucky Winners Will Receive 3 Paleo Breakfasts And 5 Paleo Entrees From IONutrition! Each Prize Pack Is Valued At $90 For A Total ARV Of $180! Enter Today & Good Luck!

Read My Review Of IONutrition Here

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2 Lucky Winners will Receive 3 Paleo Breakfasts and 5 Paleo Entrees from IONutritions! $90 ARV Each Prize for a Total ARV of $180!

And Now The Giveaway!!!

Giveaway Dates ~ 2/04 9PM EST until 02/18 11:59PM EST

Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Some Classifications of Medical Supplies

Some Classifications of Medical Supplies

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Over the past 100 years, the field of medicine has made one advance after the other. There have been some truly amazing developments in terms of equipment and these have been able to save the lives of millions. The development of surgical instruments is perhaps one of the most important things in all of that. Health care professionals now use such a huge range of instruments for clinical procedures, and these have all been developed to assist in the overall health outcomes of patients.

Each instrument has been created in order to address something specific during a procedure. For instance, they may cut skin to get to the organs in the body, or they may modify tissues. Many of today’s surgical instruments were first developed during the 19th century, and this was all over the world. However, these early instruments have now been greatly improved on.

Today, the medical field knows so many different instruments that it would take entire books to write them all down. There are very few instruments that are general purpose. The majority have specific roles that are used during surgery. They must be used very carefully and in the right way, which is why only trained professionals should handle them.

There are also different classifications of instruments, and these tend to depend on the patents. For instance, a medical tool’s name usually reflects how it used during surgery. On the other hand, it can be named after the person who invented the tool.

Types and Classes of Surgical Instruments

surgical111There are countless types and classes of medical supplies and surgical tools and instruments. However, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used within the field of health care.

richardson_eastman_retractor-31. Retractors, which are a common type of instrument. It is used to cut the skin open. Additionally, they then spread the tissue or the ribs open, so that surgeons are able to access the tissue that has to be addressed.

scalpel2. Medical cutters, which is used in order to cut the bones and skin of patients during a surgery. Some of the tools that you will find in this classifications include tracers, lancets, rasps, ligasures and scalpels. These are just a few of the various cutters that exist, however.

speculum cusco fisso (1)3. Dilators and speculas, which are used by surgeons to access in narrow passages through incisions.

medical drills4. Powered medical equipment, which includes things like drills and dermatomes.

Hero105. Measuring equipment, which is used to measure things such as tumors and other elements of the body. The two most common types of measuring equipment include rulers and calipers. Knowing how large a certain condition is can be very important in overall diagnosis.

laser6. Cryotomes, which is a type of ultrasound tissue disruptor or a type of cutting laser.
There are many other types of surgical instruments and tools, however, and it is important to be aware of all of those. They include such things as:
• Occuluders and clamps
• Graspers
• Suction tubes
• Stereotactic devices, which includes surgical positioners and surgical distracters
• Tyndallers
• Electromechanical equipment and optical carriers

Scaffolding Use Guidelines & How To Keep It Safe!

Scaffolding Use Guidelines

scaffolding111Scaffolding is used in a variety of locations, very often on construction sites. It is a type of temporary structure that is put in place so that construction workers are able to reach the top areas of buildings. Scaffolding erection is a specialized skill and should only be done by someone who is properly qualified. In fact, it is now possible to find contractors whose sole job is to put scaffolding in place.

Scaffolding can reach extreme heights and is temporary in nature. This is why it is so important that people make sure they are aware of all the necessary safety precautions.

How to Keep it Safe

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First of all, you must check that the ground on which the scaffolding will be placed it suitable. If the weather is cold, it is very important to make sure that the ground isn’t frozen. If frost has occurred and it starts to melt once the scaffolding is up, it may sink. The ground must be as stable as possible for the foundations.

Another vital element is that the scaffolding is perfectly level. As it grows in height and length, it must regularly be checked to ensure it continues to be level and hasn’t started to sink at some point. This is why adjustable stands should be employed. On rolling scaffolding, the castors must be locked securely.

The platforms on the tower must be complete from front to back. Both the sides have to meet. If there are any gaps, they may not be wider than 25mm, as tools could otherwise slip through. Any open side must have guardrails and toe boards equipped to it as well. Access has to be safe, with ladders in position that allow open entry.

The scaffolding’s front has to be a minimum of 14 inches from the front of the building in question. If the scaffolding leans against the building, it actually becomes less of a support. There is also a risk of significant damage to the building itself.

Of course, employee safety is the most important thing of all. All employees must always wear hard hats, whether on or near the scaffolding. The should also not be able to work on the structure if the weather is poor. High winds, snow and lightening mean work needs to stop. Additionally, employees must have been properly trained on how to use the structure and they should not remain on it while it is being moved. At night, all tools must be removed and heavy tools should be taken up using a hoist.

Clearly, scaffolding takes a lot of expertise and knowledge to set up and use properly. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to keep those safety checks in mind at all times. Scaffolding accidents are, unfortunately, still very common. Worryingly, they are almost always fully avoidable and are caused either by carelessness or by foremen placing too high demands on their employees, expecting them to work too long, too quickly or in dangerous conditions.

How to Identify Rogue Movers

How to Identify Rogue Movers

roguemovers111Moving your home is incredibly stressful and it is very important to take as many steps as possible to reduce those stress levels as much as possible. One way to achieve this is by hiring a reputable moving company to take some or all of the physical parts of moving out of your hands. As people move an average of four times during their lifetime, it will come as no surprise that there are many moving companies out there, operating all over the country. Unfortunately, this has also given rise to so-called ‘rogue movers’. The danger of falling victim to one of those if you don’t properly research the various Alexandria movers is very real, and you need to learn how to avoid them.

What Are Rogue Movers and How Do You Recognize Them?

roguemovers222There has been an official warning from the US Department of Transportation on the matter of rogue movers. Essentially, they are telling people to be aware of the fact that scam artists are out there, and they have provided various pieces of information on how to recognize them. Rogue movers are generally people that provide an estimate or quotation that is much below the average for an upcoming move. Their trick is that, once your goods are all loaded up, they suddenly hit you with a massive fee to actually release your goods again. If you don’t pay, they will take your belongings away and sell them. As such, it is a win-win situation for these rogue businesses. Luckily, the Department of Transportation has released a number of pointers on how to recognize these types of companies. These include:

• Finding that the mover doesn’t agree to an on-site inspection, nor do they offer you one. This means that, somehow, they can give you an estimate without having taken a look at your actual belongings, instead providing you with a telephone or online estimate. You will generally also find that their offer is very far below that of any other companies you have come across.

• Being asked for a very large deposit before you move, or being asked for cash in any other way.

• Not being give a copy of the booklet ‘Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move’. This has been created to include all the necessary federal regulations. All moving customers should be given a copy of this, particularly if they are looking at an interstate move.

• Noticing that there is no address on the company’s website, nor is there any information included about insurance or licensing. Do be aware that including these details does not necessarily mean that the company is genuine, as it is easy to fake them online.

• Calling a moving company and being greeted with ‘moving company’ or ‘movers’ instead of the name of the company.

• Not being able to visit an office or finding that the office is in very poor condition.

• Having a rental truck arrive to take away your belongings, instead of a vehicle with the company’s brand on it.

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How Demand for Alloy Wheels Is Affecting the Automotive Industry

How Demand for Alloy Wheels Is Affecting the Automotive Industry

alloy-wheelsYou wouldn’t think that metal foundries and machine shops would be affected by fashion, but they actually are. Alloy parts manufacturing has seen massive changes, since there has been a boom in the sales of alloy wheels. Once upon a time, these wheels were reserved for motor sports racers and prestige car owners, but they are now available to regular people as well. This is great news for manufacturers, of course, because it means that they have also seen an increase in profit. However, it also means that they have to come up with more innovative designs and methods of keeping production costs to a minimum.

Because people with regular vehicles now want alloy wheels, the boom has been quite significant for manufacturers. At the same time, however, their marketing departments now have to work overtime, as they must come up with ways to be a market leader and be ahead of the competition. They have to think outside of the box and preempt what the next fashion will be, or even influence the next fashion. They do this with new designs that will inspire customers to actually make a purchase. These designs do have to be approved, of course, which in turn means that manufacturers have to be very flexible in order to actually create constantly changing designs in a quick and efficient manner. If they don’t do this, they simply cannot stay ahead of the changing demands of the market.

It is not unusual to now see two manufacturers make competitive ranges as well. The two (or more) ranges will both have different alloy wheels that truly push visual boundaries and are competitively priced, while at the same time performing very well. However, having similar designs and being competitive is still not enough to stay ahead.

hid_alloy_rimsThree Things Are Needed

To truly remain competitive in the market today, manufacturers of alloy wheels have to implement three main features in their design and production. These are:

1. They must come up with something that is better than the product of the competition in terms of performance, price and desirability.

2. They must design something that is better than the alloy or steel wheel that comes as standard with a vehicle, being the factory fit.

3. They must promote and advertise their wheels in a way that is different to what others are doing. This means attractive and unique advertising campaigns have to be design that speak to the right audience. This is an expensive venture.

Because of competition, performance, quality and value for money is rising, which is great for customers. The more competition exists, the more affordable products become. On the other hand, it also means that customers have to do more checks in terms of performance and quality. After all, when prices drop, there are always manufacturers who will create items that are even cheaper, but of incredibly poor quality. As such, there have been both positives and negatives for manufacturers, sellers and consumers alike.

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A Patient Guide to the Gastric Balloon

A Patient Guide to the Gastric Balloon

GASTRIC-BALLOON-IMG_6515-LRThe gastric balloon, or endoscopic intragastric balloon, is one of the newest treatment options in the fight against obesity. It is a non-invasive bariatric procedure that has been designed specifically as a bridge procedure between losing weight through diet and exercise alone, and losing weight through invasive bariatric surgical procedures like the gastric sleeve.

Insurance, Cost and Finance of the Gastric Balloon Around the World

Gastric-Ballon-Weight-LossLooking firstly at insurance, you will see that the balloon has been medically approved in the majority of countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States. However, the United Kingdom is one of the only countries so far that covers the balloon under their insurance as standard.

Most United States insurance policies, including Medicare, actually still exclude the intragastric balloon. This is because they feel it has not had FDA approval for long enough. According to Medicare, for instance, there is insufficient data available on the long term efficacy and safety of the balloon in terms of treating obesity. They will review their decision once more data is available.

In Australia, part of the gastric balloon procedure (like the gastroscopy) may be covered. However, you will usually be responsible for at least part of the procedure. This is arranged through the Health Fund.

In Canada, the procedure is not covered under the national health insurance program.

Finally, in the United Kingdom, the procedure may be covered by the NHS (National Health Service). However, the patient must demonstrate that they are seeing a significant impact on their overall quality of life as a direct result of their weight. Each case is reviewed individually, and it may take several months to receive a decision.

The Price of Balloons for Each Country

dollar-signsWhile the Reshape balloon surgery cost will vary from one clinic to the next, the following figures are the averages and ranges for each country, calculated in US Dollars.

• In the United States, the average is $8,150. It can range from $6,000 to $10,000.
• In Australia, the average cost is $4,178. It can range from $2,976 to $5,379.
• In Canada, the average cost is $8,250. It can range from $8,000 to $8,500.
• In Mexico, the average cost is $5,800.
• In the United Kingdom, the average cost is $6,195. It can range from $5,800 to $6,590.

The majority of practices do offer easy financing options, particularly in countries where there is little to no insurance coverage. It is important to ask the clinic about this and find out what the options are. In the United Kingdom, some people have started to take out finance so that they can have the procedure straight away, rather than having to wait for an NHS decision. Those who choose to do this are told that they must be very careful, as there is no guarantee that the NHS will agree to finance their procedure, nor that they will then transfer the money to the clinic if payments have already started. Additionally, no interest payments will be covered by the NHS.

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