Weight Loss Surgery Cost
Perth Obesity Surgery is committed to providing an accurate assessment of a patient’s situation from the initial consult, complete with an explanation of all charges involved.
We charge a once-off, all-inclusive fee that covers the costs involved from the day of your initial consultation through to post-operative care.
The total cost of treatment may comprise of the Medicare rebate, a private health fund rebate and an out-of-pocket expense.
This total cost is determined by several aspects including whether it is a patient’s first bariatric procedure or revision surgery, the medical needs of the individual patient, and their risk of complications or further intervention.
We take a multidisciplinary approach to the care of our patients with long-term engagement and involvement. Charges for access to all healthcare experts are included in your stated total cost. These include fees for the bariatric surgeon, surgical assistant and anaesthetist, as well as consultations with a dietitian and other allied health experts such as exercise physiologists, diabetes educators and psychologists.
It is important to note that at Perth Obesity Surgery, the out-of-pocket quote is fixed, even if additional procedures are required and performed at the same time.
Medicare and health fund rebates
Perth Obesity Surgery requests the total cost be paid prior to booking bariatric surgery. The Medicare rebate and your private health fund rebate will be refunded directly to the patient.
When making an inquiry with Perth Obesity Surgery, you will be sent several documents including an explanation of the fees involved with our procedures, timing of payments and how to ensure rebates are prompt and hassle-free.
Our administrative staff and practice manager can talk through any part of the form and payment structure and are willing to clarify the information.
For procedures without private healthcare cover, the total out-of-pocket cost includes all costs aside from the Medicare rebate paid for the doctors’ fees.
This total out-of-pocket cost is significantly higher than the costs quoted for patients with appropriate private health insurance. In this circumstance, payment will also be requested prior to booking a procedure.
Perth Obesity Surgery recommends uninsured patients who are considering weight loss surgery to join a private health fund and if possible, postpone their surgery for 12 months until waiting periods end and cover starts. Our clinic can assist these patients with non-surgical advice or treatment during this time.
In addition, some patients are eligible to access funding from superannuation. This is relevant where obesity-associated health problems are likely to become life threatening. This potential pathway can be discussed directly with one of our bariatric surgeons.
Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery cost
In an effort to eliminate cost as a factor for a patient’s choice of surgery, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures have the same out-of-pocket expense from the bariatric surgeon and assistant. After appropriate healthcare cover is applied, this amounts to $4,500.
For revisional gastric sleeve and revisional gastric bypass procedures (if the patient has had previous weight loss surgery), the out-of-pocket fee from the surgeon and assistant totals $5,500.
The majority of the hospital costs will be covered by your private health insurer. There may also be a hospital excess depending on your insurance policy.
Gastric band surgery cost
For gastric band surgery, out-of-pocket costs for fees from the surgeon and assistant total $2,900 after appropriate healthcare cover is applied.
The majority of the hospital costs will be covered by your private health insurer. They may also be a hospital excess depending on your insurance policy.
Gastric balloon cost
For the non-surgical gastric balloon procedure, the out-of-pocket fee from the surgeon and radiographer totals $6,000.
Non-surgical weight loss treatment cost
For patients seeking weight management advice without pursuing surgery, Perth Obesity Surgery can provide an outline of costs for consultations. These include appointments with surgeons, a physician, and a dietitian.
Patients may elect to pay for consults individually or under a one-off treatment plan.