I was wondering how much people are paying THIS YEAR, if it's costing more - now NIB aren't covering Gastric sleeves. Let me give you my costs for January 2011 with Dr Craig Taylor of the Oclinic - the 5k covered everything including lifetime with the surgeon, the psych (two visits), the dietitican (8 visits). I complained about getting a bill for blood tests and they covered it for me.
I paid a few bucks for take home digesic tablets, is all. I think uninsured
it's $9,000 mostly inclusive? Not sure.
FYI I shopped around for the best surgeon
the best price
. OClinic surprised me - I liked the surgeon's history best of all, and was shocked how much better the "package" was than other less experienced sleeve surgeons. Life is like that sometimes. The below is from Oclinic website
http://oclinic.com.au/cost.html#1 - the clinic does both sleeves and lapbands so it's jumbled in together (same package for both ops).
Gastric Band Program: $4950 all inclusive
Sleeve Gastrectomy Program: $4950 all inclusiveWhats included:
Assistant surgeon's fee
all medical reviews for check-ups (every month for gastric band, every 3 months for sleeve gastrectomy) until you reach your goal weight, then annually for life
all band adjustments including Huber needles and consumables
Free access for additional medical consultations at any time if problems arise.
2 x psychologist consultations (before surgery and again at 6 months)
8 x dietitian and nutritionist consultations
fortnightly psychologist-moderated support group access
full colour dietary handouts and brochures explaining everything you need to know including recipe tips
No out-of pocket costs if you ever need any corrective surgery for your gastric band/sleeve (provided you maintain your health insurance)
Provided you are covered by private health insurance, the all inclusive cost of either the gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy programs is $4950. (if you don't have private health insurance don't worry! We can still help you. click here for details about our uninsured patient program) Our fee covers all of the normal aspects of your surgery and aftercare, including surgery in a private hospital, your anaesthetist and assistant surgeon fees, and all clinic follow-up appointments, including 8 dietitian consultations, 2 psychology appointments, and unlimited consultations with your specialist surgeon and clinic physician (this includes all your band adjustments for life). You will also enjoy unlimited access to our support groups, which are conducted every fortnight by our psychologists.
There are no limits, expiry dates, or any hidden additional charges levied by us at any stage. You can feel safe that once you've paid your program fee you're completely covered. At OClinic we insist on transparency. Clear and simple.
As a further exclusive benefit to OClinic patients, provided you remain in your health fund, you will not have to pay if any corrective surgery is ever needed in the future. We stand by the quality of our surgery and confidently provide this guarantee.
The program fee must be paid in full before your surgery. Please note that you cannot claim a further rebate from your health fund or Medicare as these discounts have already been taken into account in our program fee. However, you may be eligible to claim a further rebate of $690 when you lodge your tax return as our program qualifies for the medical expenses safetynet. (click here for more details)
Are there any costs not covered by the program fee?
Whilst the program fee covers all the major costs associated with your weightloss procedure and your lifelong aftercare, there may be some other potential costs to be aware of, such as low calorie diet meal replacements, vitamins, health fund excess, costs relating to blood tests and other investigations (such as Xrays), pharmacy expenses, and other specialist consultations (for instance, sleep apnoea diagnosis and treatment). Also, in the event you have treatment performed by doctors not related to OClinic then this may attract a cost (for example if you decide to have a band adjustment whilst you are away on holiday).
Your initial consultation with Dr Taylor is $130 (this is the standard initial consultation fee to see a specialist- you will be able to get a Medicare rebate of $67 provided you have a GP referral).
click here for further details about the OCare total care program
Private Health Insurance- check that you’re covered
The hospital costs associated with gastric banding surgery are usually covered by most levels of private health insurance. Some of the more basic levels of cover such as extras-only cover may not include weightloss surgery. (NIB Health fund only covers gastric banding in its top-level cover). A 12-month waiting period usually applies if you have recently joined a health fund. Gastric banding is NOT considered cosmetic surgery. It has a Medicare item number and is recognised by all the major health funds. To find out if you are covered, contact your health fund and quote the following Medicare item number:
item no. 30511
Sleeve Gastrectomy: item no. 30518
AHSA- Alliance Funds
(Teachers, Defence, Police, etc) http://www.ahsa.com.au (02) 9411 9100
HCF http://www.hcf.com.au 13 13 34
MBF http://www.mbf.com.au 13 11 37
Medibank Private http://www.medibank.com.au 13 23 31
NIB http://www.nib.com.au 13 14 63