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. Make sure that you have Gold level of coverage.
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
Weight loss will improve your quality of life. Weight loss surgery including bypass, gastric sleeve will help you regain quality of life
Of the $20,000 cost for uninsured patients, a small amount will be re-claimable from Medicare. 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. Discover the gastric sleeve surgery cost australia and what factors may influence the price.