Your first visit at Adelaide Bariatric Centre is where you will meet with your chosen surgeon to discuss all your options. This visit will cost $195.00 and you will receive a Medicare rebate of $78.05. To access the Medicare rebate, you will need a current referral from your GP. Each year your referral needs to be updated if you wish to continue accessing a Medicare rebate for your visits.
To proceed with surgery at Adelaide Bariatric Centre you will need to have the top level of Private Hospital Insurance. Usually this is the Gold level cover but if you are unsure, give your Health Insurance company a call and ask if you are covered for weight loss procedures. Quote these item numbers for an accurate idea:
Once you have taken out Private Hospital Cover, there is typically a 12 month waiting period before you can make a claim, so be sure to check when you contact them.
If you decide that you want to pursue surgery there will be out of pocket costs on top of your Private Health Insurance. If you allow approximately $4,500 out of pocket, this will cover you for:
- Hospital gap – referred to as your excess. This is payable to the hospital at your first admission for the year and only payable once a year, no matter how many times you are admitted to hospital. Generally this amount is between $250 – $750, depending on what you selected when you took your policy out.
- Anaesthetist gap – this is usually between $400 – $600, depending on who your anaesthetist is. We will give you the name and number you need to call to obtain a quote. These costs are payable directly to the Anaesthetist group.
- After care Programme – this is payable 2 weeks prior to your surgery directly to Adelaide Bariatric Centre. For the majority of procedures this amount is $3,800 and will cover you for 2 years of aftercare with the Adelaide Bariatric Centre.
Additionally it is possible to utilise your superannuation to cover the out of pocket cost when Private Hospital Cover is in place. For more information on your expected out of pocket costs, give our reception a call and the staff will be more than happy to go through this with you.