How much does bariatric surgery cost?
Weight Loss Surgery is very affordable, particularly if you have Private Health Insurance at the right level.
The price for a Gastric Sleeve operation and Gastric Bypass with Dr Crawford is the same because cost should not influence a decision that should be a medical one.
You will be given a quote when you meet Dr Crawford that will include the Surgery Fee including Anaesthetics and Surgical Assistant, and follow-up with Dr Crawford forever. The estimated payment for your dietitian is included.
How do I know if I am covered for bariatric surgery?
You can check with your insurance company. Give them these item numbers to check:
31575 Sleeve Gastrectomy
31572 Gastric Bypass
You can call or email us and we can explain how to check
Insured patients are typically 'out of pocket' $3700 for Bariatric Surgery. This includes all your consults with Dr Crawford and your Dietitian, Surgeon and Anaesthetic fees, and subsequent visits.
No Hidden Fees
Revision surgery (when you have previously had a bariatric operation elsewhere) is a little more expensive.
Please note: There are rarely extra tests needed, and there may be costs involved with these that are outside of Dr Crawford's control. You will pay a dietitian separately (estimated out of pocket costs are included in the $3700)
Optifast or Optislim meal replacements need to be purchased for the 2 weeks prior to surgery
Why is there a Gap Payment for Bariatric Surgery?
Your Insurance covers your hospital costs (apart from your excess) for your bed stay, operating theatre costs etc.
Your insurance pays very little directly to your specialists (Surgeons and Anaesthetist).
For instance, your Insurance generally contributes just a few hundred dollars to the Surgeon for a Sleeve Gastrectomy, Medicare contributes just over $700. Together, this is still insufficient for the costs involved in running a practice, training, insurance etc. This means there is a GAP (out of pocket) payment.
What if I am not covered for weight loss surgery?
The best financial option if you don't have insurance (or don't have the right level) is to purchase some. There will need to be a 12 month wait.
Some patients decide to use their own savings or superannuation to avoid this.
We are happy to talk to you about costs if you choose that pathway. Costs are very competitive!
Please contact us and we can send you more detailed information.