The Truth About Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs

03 February 2023
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs

When you want to take your health into your own hands, one of the biggest things you are likely to consider is the gastric sleeve surgery costs in Perth.

Many people ask us if it’s possible to get free gastric sleeve surgery in Australia. While there are several sources of funding you can access to contribute, it may not be entirely free, but we want you to know it is achievable!

From experience, we know the positive effect on your life will far out-weigh any financial cost. Good health is priceless.

Here are some more details about gastric sleeve surgery costs.



Weight loss surgery is a proven successful path for long-term health improvement, which is why Medicare offers benefits for those eligible for surgery, who have a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with other related health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arthritis, depression, sleep apnoea/deprivation. It is not fully covered under the MBS, so patients will still incur out-of-pocket expense, which is why we recommend our clients look into combining other solutions. The public health system offers limited bariatric operations every year with very specific criteria that needs to be met.


You can apply for individual choice coverage for your out-of-pocket expenses related to your super fund, with support from your GP and surgeon. Weight loss surgery is usually considered and approved by the super fund as it is an important treatment for obesity.

Private Health Cover

With adequate private health cover the out-of-pocket cost will depend on a range of factors, including the type of health fund cover, the anticipated complexity, policy waiting periods, the type of procedure, pre-existing conditions and primary or revisional surgery. For private bariatric surgery it is important to have private health insurance that covers obesity surgery. You will still have some out-of-pocket expense but majority is taken care of by the health fund.

Anaesthetist Fee

There will be no out-of-pocket expenses for your anaesthetist, provided you have the appropriate level of cover with your private health fund. If you do not have hospital cover, then you will need to contact our anaesthetist for a detailed quote.

Hospital and Theatre Costs

Varying private health funds and policies will have varying levels of cover for hospital excess and other hospital out-of-pocket expense there may be. However majority of hospital costs will be covered by the health fund if you have appropriate level of cover. Without private hospital insurance you will need to pay the hospital directly for their costs and we can only provide an estimation.

Practical Strategy

We don’t want you to miss out on life-changing surgery because you are inhibited by cost, please don’t hesitate to contact us about costs or questions before making your final decision. We are here to help you – every step of the way.

If you are ready to start your weight loss journey Book Now

It’s our mission to help you regain freedom and life healthier, happier, longer.

Please Note: This article contains general advice, current at the time of writing. Subsequent changes and individual circumstance have not been considered. The exact out-of-pocket cost for your operation will be provided to you in writing well in advance of the surgery day.

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