Gastric Sleeve Cost Without Insurance

Gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy and other forms of weight loss surgery including lap bands, gastric bypass, tube gastrectomy, are not commonly available in the public hospital system. Therefore, without health insurance, you must fund your surgery in the private hospital system. This can cost up to about $20,000 – including surgeons’ fees, dietician fees, anaesthetist fees, operating theatre fees and hospital stay fees.

So what are the options if you have decided to have sleeve gastrectomy or another form of weight loss surgery – but do not currently have private health insurance?

When you have made your decision to undergo sleeve gastrectomy but are still without insurance, there are multiple options to help you cover the costs.

Option 1: Join a health fund

Join a health fund and make sure that they cover weight loss surgery – the item number for sleeve gastrectomy is 31575; and for gastric bypass it is 31572

Option 2: Access your superannuation funds

The government allows you to access your super in order to fund a lifesaving surgery that is not commonly available in the public hospital system. Contact our office on (02) 4323 7000 so that our staff can point you in the right direction for early release of superannuation funds

Option 3: Ask your friends and family

Borrow from friends, relatives, concerned loved ones

Option 4: Redraw on the mortgage

You only live once and you need to live well. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric sleeve will help you lose weight and regain quality of life

Of the $20,000, about $2,000 will be reclaimable from Medicare and the rest can be claimed as a tax deduction. Personal circumstances differ and it is best to seek advice from your financial advisor.

At Central Coast Surgery, whether you have private health insurance or not, you will be treated to our best of our ability. An upfront, non-refundable fee of $3,500 is all that is needed to undergo sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery. All consultations with Dr. Ken Wong can be bulk billed at no cost to you.

Do you have any additional questions? Please get in touch.