Melbourne Weight Loss Surgery does not normally offer surgery to uninsured patients. We have done this in unusual circumstances but the total cost for a bariatric procedure in a private hospital is very high.
For those patients considering this, it is important to be aware that the total cost includes hospital fees, theatre fees, surgical equipment, surgeon and anaesthetic costs, hospital bed days and many others. This can be many tens of thousands of dollars, but for patients with adequate private health insurance most of this is covered and so the remaining amount is only in the order of $5000.
Our usual recommendation for uninsured patients is to consider obtaining the required level of insurance and waiting the one-year pre-existing condition time period. Although this seems a long time, many patients have done this and have been very happy with the outcome – despite the wait. It is also the quickest option as obtaining procedures publicly takes even longer.
For those patients who wish to use the public system, they require a referral (by their GP) to a public hospital, which provides a weight loss service – although the waiting list for this service is usually many years (hence obtaining private insurance is a quicker process).
The fax numbers for the public clinics which we have experience with are
Please note, only GP referrals will be accepted by these clinics.