Bariatric Surgery for Teens: How Do I Get Started?
If you have been exploring or considering bariatric surgery as a teen, how do you get started? This page provides an overview of the formalities around referrals, cost, payment procedures and insurance matters in regards to obesity surgery for adolescent patients.
Do I Need A Referral For Weight Loss Surgery?
Yes you do. It’s very important that we work with your GP and keep him or her informed during all phases of your preparation and recovery process.
What Is The Cost Of Bariatric Surgery For Teens?
If you read this, chances are that you are the parent of the teenager who is preparing to get started in the Teen Time Bariatrics program. If you have any questions about the fee structures, rebates and the meaning of each of the steps, please don’t hesitate to contact the team here at Mercy Bariatrics.
This overview gives you a summary of the medical fees involved in bariatric surgery for teens:
What Are The Payment Options?
Ideally, if you have appropriate insurance coverage ( Gold Standard), then the total out-of-pocket expenses to cover bariatric surgery for teens, will be between $6,000 and $ 8,000. If required, it is also possible to access your superannuation (parents) for early release to cover the costs of a bariatric surgery procedure for your teen.
There are also Medical Finance companies who can provide short term loans to cover these expenses.
Can My Teen Have Bariatric Surgery If We Don't Have Gold Level Insurance?
Without private insurance, the total fees will be closer to $25-$30,000.
It is possible to apply for the full cost of this from early release of your superannuation, if your child is over 16 years of age.
If you have any questions about your family’s or your teenager’s situation, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly team here at Mercy Bariatrics/Teen Time Bariatrics.