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Gastric sleeve costs and health insurance

Understanding Gastric Sleeve costs & health insurance

Gastric sleeve costs and health insurance

Deciding to embark on the journey of weight loss surgery is a significant step towards a healthier and happier life. We understand that the costs can be a concern, but rest assured, we’re here to guide you through the process. In this guide, we’ll break down the costs associated with gastric sleeve surgery and discuss the impact of health insurance, all with your peace of mind as the focus


Gastric sleeve health insurance prices

Private health insurance is recommended so you don’t have to bear the brunt of the majority costs. While insurance can cover a substantial portion of your surgical expenses, please remember that elective procedures still incur out-of-pocket costs, which will vary based on your individual medical circumstances.

Insured procedure– gastric sleeve cost is around $7,500*


Gastric Sleeve Care Package Fee: $6,900

This includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr. Reza Adib
  • Dietitian program post-op

Additional fees to consider:

  • Initial Dietitian Consultation: $160 (usually claimable through health fund extras cover)
  • Anaesthetist for the procedure: Approximately $500
  • Hospital Excess
  • Pathology and Radiology


Coverage: are you sure you have gastric sleeve health insurance?

Please be aware that some of the more basic private health coverage plans, like extras-only cover, may exclude weight loss surgeries. To confirm your coverage, call your private insurer and quote the Medicare item number for Sleeve Gastrectomy: Item no. 31575 to them.

Having private insurance is strongly recommended, as unforeseen complications or additional procedures would be absorbed by the health fund, should they be necessary during the surgery

Be aware that if you’ve recently enrolled in a health fund, a standard 12-month waiting period usually applies, and bariatric surgery is not considered to be a cosmetic procedure.


Gastric sleeve without health insurance prices

If you do not have private health insurance, here’s what to expect.


Uninsured procedure – gastric sleeve cost total: $21,560*

Surgeon Care Package Fee: $7,900

This package includes:

  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Follow-up care with Dr. Reza Adib
  • Dietitian program post-op

Additional fees to consider:

  • Initial Dietitian Consultation: $160 (includes Dietitian program post-op)
  • Anaesthetist: Approximately $1,500
  • Wesley Hospital Fees: Approximately $12,000


*Please note that patients are responsible for ensuring they have a current GP referral for all follow-up appointments with Dr. Reza Adib.

These fees are based on a single item number and assumes no complications during the procedure, also subject to any changes directly from Wesley Hospital.


Accessing Superannuation if uninsured:

We understand that every journey is unique, and for those without insurance, there are options. Patients may access their Superannuation or a family member’s Superannuation to cover these expenses.

If you choose to access early release of superannuation to fund the procedure, there may be a 4–6 week wait due to the application process. You can learn more about that here.


Gastric sleeve costs and health insurance

Understanding the costs and insurance options for gastric sleeve surgery is crucial, and we’re here to provide clarity, support and ensure transparency

We encourage you to check your health insurance coverage and reach out if you have any questions or need further information.

Your path to a healthier, happier you is within reach, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Contact us to start your journey today.

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