One of the first questions I get asked when people find out out I have had Bariatric Surgery is… “How much did it cost?”
Firstly, let me say that if you are seriously thinking about this surgery, then either get your private medical insurance increased to the top cover or take out private medical insurance with the top cover. Its not a cheap process even with insurance, however, without insurance it would be beyond most people’s budget without taking out finance or accessing other forms of funding like superannuation, re-draw facilities etc.
If you decide to increase your private health fund to the top level or take out a new policy, most providers have at least a 12 month waiting period until this surgery is covered. The main cost is not actually for the professional costs of the surgery itself, but more so for that of the private hospital where the surgery will be performed. Currently in Australia there is very limited opportunity for this surgery to be performed in a public hospital and on the rare occasions it is, it is on patients that are deemed to need it the most more so than a “first come – first serve” basis.
So here are the costs Ive incurred so far…
Initial Consultation: $160.00 Medicare: $72.75 Bupa: $0
Second Consult: $88.00 Medicare: $36.85 Bupa: $0
Surgical Fee: $4503.50 Medicare: $703.60 Bupa: $234.50
Initial Consultation: $300.00 Medicare: $106.40 Bupa: $0
Surgical Fee: $1900.00 Medicare: $685.65 Bupa: $228.55
Fees: $9782.00 Medicare: $0 Bupa: $9282.00
Blood Tests (Pre-Op): $151.00 Medicare: $39.95 Bupa: $0
Initial Consultation: $99.00 Medicare: $0 Bupa: $45.00
Subsequent Consults: $65.00 Medicare: $0 Bupa: $27.00