What costs are involved?
Prior to surgery:
Initial consult with GP with a special interest in bariatrics $195 (Medicare rebate $107.15)
Weight Loss Surgery Dietitians Initial consultation $160 (Health fund rebate/Medicare rebate $52.95 with Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
AEP Health Group Exercise Physiologist: $175 (Health fund rebate applicable/Medicare rebate $52.95 with Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
Psychologist Initial Consultation
$195 face to face (Health fund rebate may be applicable and or Medicare rebate $84.80 with Mental Health Care Plan)
Surgeon Initial Consultation $150 (Medicare rebate $73.85)
*Please note pre-payment is required for all phone/psychology appointments
For patients who just need a LapBand removed, there is no cost at all for patients with Private Health Insurance. We will bill your health fund direct.
For patients having Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap-Band or Revisional Surgery, we will also bill your health fund direct if you have private health insurance. There is an additional “Access fee” which pays for medical care in our clinic with the surgeons and 2 years with our GP's. This means there are no gaps for any postoperative surgeon's appointments, and no gaps for any further surgery or any other procedures should they ever be required.
Adelaide Patient: $4000
Darwin Patient: $4500
Revisional Procedure: $4500
Surgical Assistant Fee:
There is no out of pocket costs for insured patients.
For uninsured patients the Surgical Assistant fee cost can vary from $300-$400. This is set independently by the various Medical Surgical Assistants that we work with.
This cost can vary from $500-$2,000 and is independently set by the various Anesthetists that we work with.
All appointments with the surgeon will be bulk-billed for life.
After surgery, GP consults will be bulk-billed for a period of 2 years , after that time, a $50 gap for appointments will apply. If at any stage of your care you require extra pharmacological therapy, this is not considered routine aftercare and will incur a $50 gap payment.
2 years of online support with our Dietitians (including Webinars for Darwin patients) will also be included.
Other appointments with Allied Health team at your discretion will incur a fee.
I don't have private health insurance, what are my options?
One option is to join private health, wait out the 12 month waiting period, and have your procedure thereafter. However, again we recommend you come and see us to discuss this option for several reasons: Some health funds/tables do not cover Bariatric Surgery so you obviously want to avoid those, and also, we want to use the 12 month wait productively to get you going on a lifestyle program so you can have surgery as soon as the waiting time is over. No point waiting 12 months and then starting the program. As below you can look at early release of your super.
How can I fund my procedure?
Early release of Superannuation funds is possible on compassionate grounds, conditions apply. Please discuss this option at your first appointment with the amos GP before making further enquiries, as we can save you a lot of hassle and heartache.
Click here for more information from the Australian Taxation Office.
External finance is another option
TLC – fund all Medical/Cosmetic treatments and out of pocket costs
- Payment plans from $2,000 to $50,000 – covering all treatment fees
- No stress – the whole process is managed privately by our Consultants
- Flexible options – any additional repayments can be added back on to the payment plan at no extra charge including MBS or Private Health Rebates
- Fast efficient approvals, simply apply online
Would you like some TLC? – please complete via hyperlink:
Australian Credit licence 509691
Terms & Conditions:
- Speak to TLC direct for a quote based on your personal circumstances and for the full terms and conditions.
- A full credit and financial assessment would need to be completed prior to acceptance of any offer or product.
Where do I have my operation ?
Dr Justin Bessell operates from Calvary Wakefield Hospital.
Dr Jon Shenfine operates from Calvary Wakefield Hospital and Western Hospital.
How long will I be in hospital and how much time do I need off work
This can vary from patient to patient, but as a general rule, we advise the following:
Orbera Intragastric Balloon insertion and removal- day procedure and recovery time varies from patient to patient. Patients usually return to work in around three to five days after the procedure.
Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy - 2 days in hospital and 3 weeks off
Laproscopic Gastric Bypass - 2 days in hospital and 3 weeks off
Mini-lap Gastric Bypass - 3 days in hospital and 4 weeks off
Revisional and Redo surgery- 3 days in hospital and 4 weeks off.