Weight loss surgery costs and associated fees are made up of several components:
- Professional fees charged by the surgeon, anaesthetist and surgeon assistants
- Hospital charges for bed stay
- Hospital charges for operating theatre session
- Equipment used in the operating theatre session.
Patients with an appropriate level of private health insurance cover will find most hospital and equipment charges will incur a “no gap” fee. The out of pocket expenses for insured patients relate mostly to professional and clinic fees charged by the surgeon, anaesthetist and their assistants.
Occasionally, in your operation, there may be certain equipment used which is “non-rebateable,” such as the lap band device.
Most health funds cover bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, however you will usually need to be in a high level of cover. To check, simply contact your health fund and quote the relative surgery “item numbers” listed below.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Item No. 31575
Gastric Band Item No. 31569
Gastric Bypass Item No. 31572
SIPS Surgery (Loop duodenal switch) Item No. 31581
• Band to Sleeve Item No. 31584 & 31575
• Band to Bypass Item No. 31584 & 31572
If you are NOT INSURED for weight loss surgery, you still have the option to either upgrade your level of insurance so you are covered or find a new insurer that will provide the appropriate cover. In most cases, the insurance company will apply a waiting period of 12 months to qualify you for surgery.
Self funded or non-insured patients have the option of accessing funds through super annuation or a variety of other methods. Please contact us for further help and advice.