Breast reduction

Q & A’sBreast reduction
AvatarAnonymous asked 6 years ago

i was wondering if you could help me , i have been asking other surgeons on her and even the sergeon i am due to see in april but no one can give me a straight answer…… my question is will medicare cover all the costs of my breast reduction or only part of it , if only part how much will i be out of pocket, i am on a pension and would like to know a ball park figure as to how much i will need to save..

i am seeing a sergeon in Naracoorte on april 1 2015, and finding out if i can get a breast reduction done for medical reasons due to constant rashes underneath and constant back neck and shoulder pain

2 Answers
TrishTrish Contributor answered 6 years ago

I had a breast reduction 4 years ago. I had private health insurance, and I got a medicare rebate of almost a thousand dollars. Here’s an article that should answer your question for you. Note the 2nd paragraph of point 2 in the article.

Does Medicare Cover Plastic Surgery?

Hope this is helpful for you. 


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Dr Mark HanikeriDr Mark Hanikeri Contributor answered 6 years ago

Hi there
You should be able to get a written statement of your out of pocket expenses.  Medicare and private insurance (if you have it) will only cover a small part of your overall fee.  If your surgery is in a public hospital then the entire fee is covered by Medicare.  
I hope this helps.
Mark Hanikeri

Dr Mark Hanikeri

After completing his training in Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Perth and Brisbane, Mark undertook further training in the United Kingdom in facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Mark has continued to develop his interest in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and breast and has attended numerous courses and conferences.

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