Obesity Surgery Fees
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (Medicare Item No. 31575) and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (Medicare Item No. 31572)
It is advisable to have appropriate health insurance when undergoing obesity surgery at Greenslopes Private Hospital. Upfront fees still apply for this surgery, even with appropriate health insurance in place. Please refer to the section “Self Funded Obesity Surgery” on the home page if you are contemplating obesity surgery without health insurance.
You should always check directly with your insurer whether you are specifically covered for obesity surgery (quoting the item numbers above) as some insurers require a different level of cover for this. The hospital will not permit you to be admitted unless your cover is appropriate for the surgery.
The cost of an initial consultation for bariatric surgery is $150. You can claim a rebate of $64.20 from Medicare for this.
A surgical fee of $4200 for sleeve gastrectomy, $5200 for gastric bypass is charged to each patient and payable directly to Dr Justin Greenslade. This fee is expected to be paid 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Dr Greenslade no longer offers gastric banding as a primary operation.
After the operation is performed, you will be issued an invoice for this amount, stating the Medicare item number and description of the operation performed by Dr Greenslade. You will need to take the invoice and pre-paid receipt to Medicare for a rebate. Medicare will rebate 75% of the schedule fee and your private health fund will rebate a further 25% to bring the amount up to 100% of the schedule fees which is currently $849.55 for the sleeve gastrectomy, and $1045.40 for the gastric bypass.
It is essential to see a dietician with bariatric surgical experience to provide pre and post-operative support. Psychologist input may also be suggested by Dr Greenslade. Please note that allied health visits are not included in the fees quoted above.
All post-operative visits are bulk billed indefinitely by Dr Greenslade.
The fee includes sessions with an exercise physiologist in the post-operative phase. Details of this program will be provided at the time of your first consultation. Please note that the fee does not cover visits to a dietician or psychologist – these would be payable separately to those practitioners.
- If your health fund has extras cover, you may be able to claim a portion of the consult fee for dieticians. Please check with your health fund first regarding your level of cover.
- If you have a chronic weight related health condition, and your GP considers you eligible, you may be placed onto an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) which entitles you to dietetic or psychologist rebates from Medicare.
As of February 2013, assistant surgeon fees will be charged at Greenslopes Private Hospital. The typical fee for the assistant for bariatric procedures will vary depending on your health fund, but will leave you with an out-of-pocket gap of $300.
The anaesthetic fee will vary depending on the type of procedure undertaken, and the exact circumstances on the day, but should not generally exceed $2500. It will often be less than this. Once a procedure is booked for a given day, the contact details of the relevant anaesthetist are supplied so that a more precise quote can be obtained.
Dr Greenslade currently operates only at Greenslopes Private Hospital. Dr Greenslade no longer operates at the QEII Hospital, so surgery there as either a public or private (intermediate) patient will no longer be an option.
You should always check your level of cover with your health fund, quoting the appropriate item number (31575 for sleeves, or 31572 for gastric bypasses) to ensure that you are covered for your chosen procedure at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
General surgical procedures such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hernia operations and laparoscopic fundoplication are “GapCovered” that is, billed directly to the private insurer. There may still be an out-of-pocket cost as a result of the anaesthetist’s fee. Once an operation is booked, the contact details of the relevant anaesthetist can be provided so that an accurate quote can be obtained.
It is currently possible to apply to have an early release of superannuation funds to help cover out-of-pocket costs related to obesity surgery. Please be aware that the outcome of this application is at the discretion of the individual superannuation fund, and may not always be granted. Your application will need to be accompanied by forms endorsing the application, filled in by two of your treating doctors, typically your surgeon and your GP. A quote will also need to be supplied.
We advise that any date for surgery should be least 3 months from the time of initiating the application, to allow ample time for this process to be completed.
For more information regarding early release of superannuation funds, please go to –
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