Bariatric Surgery Fees
When it comes to paying for weight loss surgery, it is preferable to have private health insurance. The cost of most weight loss surgeries without private health insurance can be very expensive due to hospital costs. It is advised, especially with the changes to Medicare last year, to check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered. Please do not assume your top cover has continued. Ring the fund and quote the item number to make sure you are still covered.
You must have a referral from your general practitioner or a medical specialist to receive weight loss surgery.
Fees If You Have Private Health Insurance
|Procedure/Consultation/Item||Item#||Fee||Out of Pocket or Rebate|
|Initial Weight Loss Consultation||104||$195||$75 Rebate|
|Initial General Consultation||104||$195||$75 Rebate|
|Follow-up Consultation||105||$90||$37.15 Rebate|
|Dietitian Appointment||Initial Visit||$150||$60 Rebate approx.|
|Dietitian||Follow Up||$75||$30 Rebate approx|
|Sleeve Gastrectomy||31575||$4,800||$4,200 Out of Pocket|
|Gastric Bypass – Initial/Follow Up||31572||$6,800||$4,200 Out of Pocket|
|Laparoscopic Gastric Band Removal||31584||–||$0|
|Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy/Gastric Bypass (After Gastric Band Removal)||–||–||$4,950 Out of Pocket|
|Laparoscopic Gastric Band||31569||–||$1,500 Out of Pocket|
|Early Release Superannuation||–||You can access super for the gap payment or for all costs but there are special provisions from the ATO which have to be met.||–|
Weight Loss Surgery Funding Through Your Superannuation
Did you know that you are able to request for part of your superannuation early to help pay for your weight loss surgery or other applicable medical procedures?
SuperCare are the party responsible for facilitating you through a process of contacting the ATO for the approval to request that your superannuation fund trustee release part of your super early. This release of funds can be used to fund weight loss surgeries.
This is a great option for patients who require weight loss surgery, but do not have the funds to pay the excess costs of surgery. It’s also possible to use this method to pay for family members who are in accordance with the Superannuation Industry and unable to pay their surgery costs.
However please note that your superannuation fund has the right, based on its policies, to refuse the release of your super funds, even with ATO approval.
For more information, please contact Dr Stephen Watson or SuperCare.