We are very aware that costs are a major consideration for health consumers and we attempt to minimise the costs involved without compromising on the quality and comprehensiveness of our program.
- Details below about the cost of weight loss surgery with private health insurance and without insurance
- Patient payment plans are available
- Possible to access to superannuation to cover part or all of surgery costs and up to 1 year aftercare
- Public patient waiting lists can be long
In most cases the Hospital and Theatre costs (including purchase of a LAGB) will be covered by your health fund if you have been a member for more than one year. However you must also make sure that your health fund will cover bariatric surgery for your level of policy. The Item number they will request for sleeve is 31575.
Cost of Weight Loss Surgery With Private Insurance:
The assessment program and surgeon’s fees at Mercy Bariatrics depends on which procedure you choose and ranges between $4000 – $6000. This also includes initial aftercare and our Success Habits training module . Your health fund and medicare will only cover a portion of this ( about $1400).
There will also be an out of pocket expense for the Anaesthetist ($750-$1500) and Surgical Assistant ( $800). Full payment, to cover these fees are required prior to all surgery.
The total out of pocket expenses are typically between $5-6000 depending on your procedure, insurance company and policy.
The out of pocket costs for this surgery are significant, and there are several payment options available to you. There are companies who provide credit for surgical procedures, and accessing your superannuation is another alternative. Our business manager will be very happy to answer any queries you have regarding these options.
If you decide to proceed, we will provide you with an individualised and complete estimate for the surgical fee and bariatric program.
Patients can apply to have a portion of their superannuation funds released on medical grounds to cover vital and life saving surgery including Bariatric Surgery to cover the out of pocket costs or even the total cost of surgery if uninsured. ( See below)
Without Private Insurance:
The total cost of the procedure is usually in excess of $20,000.00, and it may be even more if a complication was to develop which required a prolonged hospital stay. If uninsured, full payment is required prior to surgery. Many patients are accessing their superannuation to cover this and in selected circumstance the surgery may even be accepted as part of a workers compensation claim
The process for accessing superannuation can be quite daunting and to facilitate this there is a company that we have worked with called ‘Supercare’ which will organise all this for you.
SuperCare is an external service provider assisting individuals and Family Members in applying for the Government’s Early Release of Super (ERS) Programme to cover surgery and medical costs.
It is also permitted to access the super funds of a parent or spouse if your funds are inadequate.
SuperCare can help facilitate funding for the following Procedures;
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Removal of Gastric band and revision to Sleeve
- Gastric Bypass Operations
- Aftercare Treatment and Programs
For further information, please contact the SuperCare team on 1300 665 440 or visit the SuperCare website; mysupercare.com.au
Patient Payment Plans
Specifically designated for clients having medical treatments.
For further information or to apply visit:
Mercy Bariatrics Perth
Call 08 9272 0420
We have produced a series of videos outlining all aspects of bariatric surgery including costs.