Cost

How Much does it Cost?

When you are considering your metabolic surgery, you need to be aware that there will be an out of pocket cost for your treatment. Your costs will vary depending on your type of procedure and also your level of health insurance.

Our commitment to you, is to achieve the best possible outcome from your surgery. As a result, we have a team approach to your surgery. Your surgery costs will include Dr Baxter’s fee, a surgical assistant fee & the anaesthetist fee. Additionally, there are consultation fees payable together with the dietetics package and a fee for your psychology assessment (pre-surgery).

Our team at The Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive and ongoing support.

There will be an out of pocket expense, after you have received your Medicare & private health insurance rebate for your weight loss surgery.

Will my private health insurance cover my surgery?

Most health funds will charge a hospital excess (a fee payable on your hospital admission) as well as applying a 12 month waiting period prior to being able to use your insurance for your weight loss surgery.

We strongly recommend that you contact your insurance provider and check your level of cover. Please quote the following Medicare item numbers when you discuss your insurance levels:

Sleeve Gastrectomy 31575
Gastric Bypass 31572
Gastric Banding 31569

Can I still have weight loss surgery if I have no private health insurance?

Yes, however we recommend that you have health insurance prior to considering weight loss surgery. Without health insurance, you will have an out of pocket expense of approximately $16,000 for your hospital stay. Your total cost (hospital, surgery, assistant, anaesthetist, dietetics) is approximately $22,000. Additionally, if you have an unexpected prolonged hospital stay, you can expect significantly higher hospital costs.

Can I access my superannuation to assist with the cost of weight loss surgery?

We accept patients who wish to access early release of their superannuation to pay for their surgery & hospital stay. You will need to download the application form and bring them to your consultation. Additionally, your General Practitioner will be required to sign a form in support of your surgery. You can download the form here and all applications need to be submitted to the Australian Taxation office online via your MyGov account.