Finances - Looking for the cheapest way to get banded.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:27 PM
Or is there other options in victoria? I'm classed as morbidly obese sadly and do have medical reasons to back up my weight loss.
Can anyone recommend a cheap surgeon,etc? I really cant afford much even something like $1000 is rich for me at the moment unless I get alot of it back asap. I may also be being silly in thinking I can get it done cheaply and it may all be out of my reach at the moment?? I'm on a consession card and am only working 3 days a week so low income.
thanks in advance (also if anymore info is required to help with info don't hesitate to ask please)
Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:44 PM
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:13 PM
I am with medibank private and had to pay $4,600.00 out of pocket , that includes 2x psychologists and 2x dietitian. The price varies between surgeons
A guy I used to work with went on the public waiting list through Box Hill. He only had a 12 mth wait, but I dont know if the wait is longer now. He was banded about 18mths ago. From what I can gather you have to go through a lot more hoops going public. I live in Bendigo and didnt want to have to race down to Melb every time I needed an appointment
You would need a refferal through your GP, but you will need that any way if you go private. I believe the waiting list at the Austin is 7yrs
Alot of people use Supa for costs. On this site, some people get the supa $ really quickly others it take time..
Good luck cheers jinie
Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:13 PM
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:43 PM
I use to live in Ballarat, loved it. You could try the public route, esp if you are having any health issues associated with your weight. I took insurance out with AHM, because I'd be told by a friend they covered most weight loss surgeries. Im going to have mine done in SA on the 18th, with a $2500 gap. A couple of years ago I had the gastric balloon inserted, dont bother with that, but AHM covered most of my cost, and I only had to pick up the surgeons gap. I've seen a lot of people accessing their superannuation to fund the surgery, I'm too worried about being being a petfood eating pensioner to think of that, but it is an option.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:00 PM
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:08 AM
Im in Adelaide so the cost may vary between surgeons in different states. My advice would be to get your health cover ASAP, then just make an appointment with your local surgeon who will tell you all about the procedure, give you information, and give you a figure to work towards. But the sooner you get the health cover, the sooner tou'll be able to book the surgery
Leanne sound like the perfect plan really.. where are you located?
Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:10 AM
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:46 PM
wa has free on public wait list. wait isnt too long either apparently
The public waiting list in WA is horrendous!!! I was on it SIX YEARS before my inital consult came up. At the consult, I was given a list of things to do (lose weight, sleep study, psychologist etc etc etc) , and told that once I had done them, it would be at least another two years.
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