Clinic & Procedure Fees, Payment Terms
Effective January 1, 2021
Our team works with people who choose surgery together with a comprehensive After Care program. We are invested in your success and we believe that working with you on careful selection of the procedure that suits you, plus preparation with nutrition and psychology, together with medical support after surgery, that you will be best set you up for long term success. There is also a strong online community of patients to connect with and we invest in professional time to moderate this group, running weekly info sessions where you can get advice at no additional charge.
Fees quoted are before Medicare rebates except for the Surgeon fee.
In clinic we process Medicare rebates on the spot for you with a valid referral, then the Medicare rebate for surgery is processed within 1-2 weeks.
Phone or clinic consult fees are due on the day of consult by EFTPOS or bank deposit. Surgery fees are due two weeks in advance and we reserve the right to change your surgery date if fees are not received. We reserve the right to charge you a cancellation fee for same day cancellations or not showing up to appointments.
This is a half day, or approximately 4 hours on a Monday or a Wednesday
60mins with a Dietitian $180*
90mins with a Psychologist $290
Meet and greet with our Patient Journey Co-ordinator
60mins with our Bariatric Nurse and Surgeon $180*
*If you have referrals from your GP to each of the providers, then you will receive Medicare rebates. These need to be dated on/before the consult date.
Cost of Surgery - Surgeon's fee
The earliest date we recommend booking a procedure after the Assessment Clinic is one month as you will need to have blood tests and there may be other follow up required if you have any other health conditions. Then, two weeks before your procedure you will meet with the Dietitian to begin a two week very low calorie diet to prepare for surgery.
30mins pre-op planning with Dietitian $90
Out of pocket Surgeon fee from $4500*
*This is your Out of Pocket cost after your Medicare Rebate. You will need access to $6000-$6500 in funds two weeks in advance and your rebate is processed 1-2 weeks after surgery
Total Cost of Surgery - Hospital, Assistant, Anaesthetist
The estimated total cost of surgery is 18k-20k including the Surgeon, Hospital, Assistant and Anaesthetist. The main difference in cost is the number of nights you spend in hospital. Each provider will quote you individually and there is a full disclosure you will sign. With any surgery, there may be additional costs due to the risk of surgery.
If you are accessing Superannuation, you then use these quotes in your application.
You will receive rebates from Medicare with a valid GP referral.
If you have Private Health insurance cover, then contact your provider about what is covered. Some plans include Bariatric Surgery, some plans just have Extras which will give you a rebate on Dietitian appointments for example.
After Care Program
This is a commitment to your long term success. You will be seen in our clinic 2, 4 and 6 weeks after Surgery, then at 3 months and 6 months, then every 6 months for two years. You will need to have blood tests in advance of these appointments since they are monitoring your health and progress. We support rural and remote patients with Telehealth since it is not practical to attend all these appointments in person.
Online Support & Nurse consults - no charge
30mins with Dietitian $90* - Required at 2 and 6 weeks post surgery
30mins with Dietitian $90* - Recommended 3-6 monthly
Specialist follow up (GP or Surgeon) - $90*
*If you have referrals from your GP to the Surgeon or Dietitian, then you will receive Medicare rebates. These need to be dated on/before the consult date.
What is the role of surgery in weight loss?
Whichever surgical procedure is decided on, it is only one component of a comprehensive weight loss service. The other components essential to successful, sustained weight loss is the type of food you eat, the behaviours around food and the reasons why we eat.
If these other factors are not addressed then there is a significant risk of weight regain in the long term which will negate the long term benefits of surgery.
Types of Surgery
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This operation transforms the stomach from capacity of approximately 1.5 L to ~ 80ml making it a long tube that connects the oesophagus to the first part of the small bowel (duodenum). The overall effect is to restrict the volume of food that can be eaten at any one sitting.
Roux–En–Y Gastric Bypass
Converts the stomach into a 30ml pouch and then uses small bowel to connect this pouch to the rest of the small bowel further down stream. The over all effect is to restrict the amount of food as well as reduce the amount of calories that are absorbed from that food.
Omega Loop Gastric Bypass
Also converts the stomach into a pouch and then uses small bowel to connect this pouch to the rest of the small bowel further down stream. The over all effect is to restrict the amount of food as well as reduce the amount of calories that are absorbed from that food.