Current quote for a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with Dr Hamer at Gosford Private Hospital or Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital is $17900
For patients with insurance out of pocket costs are approximately $3500.
If you don't have insurance a quote can be provided at the time of your initial consultation, costs are slightly higher than a sleeve gastrectomy due to the increased operating time and complexity.
If you have private health insurance:
The item number a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is 31575 and for a laparoscopic bypass it is 31572. It is advisable to check with your health fund to confirm that your cover is appropriate.
If you don't have private health insurance:
For patients not covered by health insurance it is usually possible to access your our your partners superannuation for an early release on compassionate grounds. We can provide you with 2 letters for your super fund which include a list of estimated expenses, and a form confirming you are suffering from severe obesity which is a life-threatening condition. You can find information about the "compassionate release of superannuation" on the Australian Tax Office -mygov account : ato.gov.au/early-release. (ph 131020). You also required a supporting letter from your GP as part of your application to access superaunnuation.
If you are covered by your health fund and only need to access your superannuation for the out of pocket costs, we can provide you with the necessary letter for this.
Super funds can take several weeks to process your request so allow plenty of time.
Laparoscopic gastric bands:
If your gastric band needs removal this is currently charged at a 'no gap' rate.
Surgery through the public system
Surgery for weight loss and diabetes is currently not offered through the public system on the central coast.