There has been some coverage in the press recently regarding “Free Tummy Tucks.” Indeed there have been submissions made to Medicare by some surgeons to have this procedure offered “free” to some patients.
The current cost of an abdominoplasty is upwards of $10,000.00. Although there is often a Medicare rebate for this procedure, it will not cover the entire costs and the patient will still be out of pocket. For patients with private health cover, the hospital and part of the anaesthetic cost may be covered, and a little more of the operating costs.
Choosing to have this procedure privately, rather than trying to be on a list through the public system, is often preferable to patients who want the procedure in the near future as sometimes the public lists for elective procedures require a very long wait.
This operation has a three fold effect. The abdominal wall muscles are tightened, excess fatty tissue and skin are removed and the “belly button” repositioned. In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, the result gives the patient a flat stomach, which can also relieve other health issues including back pain, without causing unsightly scaring.
“Free Tummy Tucks” may be on offer in the future, however the patient could be expected to have a very long wait for the procedure.
For the correct information, it is best to speak to an experienced patient advisor and plastic surgeon before making a decision.