I would think the Linx would be cheaper for the insurance companies than the NF because it is not uncommon for the NF to have to be re-done, and the Linx claims to stay in place permanently. However, I think that in the long run the Linx could cost insurance companies more because more people would want to have the Linx than the NF, given the potential complications of the latter.
There are good arguements for and against covering the device. I guess we just have to wait and hope. It's unfortunate that insurance companies are in the business of making money, and not in the business of doing what is best long-term for the patient.
I'm tempted to call UPMC (the closest facility to MD) to find out the specifics (i.e. cost), but since I've only had a barium swallow thus far, I know I have a lot of tests to go before I could be considered for the procedure. I aslo have a small hiatal hernia; I've read in other posts that the Mayo Clinic in Florida will not put the device in someone with a hernia, depsite the fact that it supposedly works with hernias smaller than 3cm.
Torax's website does have an e-mail address for a doctor performing the surgery in GA. Just throwing that out there in case anyone is interested in contacting him. For all other facilities, it's just phone numbers. "Hold please."