How much does a breast reduction in Perth cost?



How much does a breast reduction in Perth cost? Is it covered by Medicare?

Do you have large breasts that cause you embarrassment, back or shoulder or neck pain, or difficulty exercising? Many women with these symptoms will benefit from breast reduction surgery, and want to know if Medicare will help pay for their procedure.

Will Medicare help pay for my breast reduction?

Yes - provided you meet the criteria. Breast reduction surgery is covered by Medicare (item number 45523) as long as you have significant symptoms related to the size of your breasts, such as pain in neck and shoulder region. This means that Medicare will provide a rebate (approximately $1300) that helps subsidise your final cost. Your health fund may further subsidise the final cost, with the exact amount depending on your health fund and level of cover. This information can be obtained by contacting your health fund and quoting the above item number.

What are the actual costs for breast reduction surgery?

Below are the approximate costs for breast reduction surgery (a more accurate quote can be provided after a consultation).

  • Surgical costs: Dr Colbert charges a total surgical fee of between $5000 and $7000 for a bilateral breast reduction. This cost includes the surgery, and all post-operative care and follow up. Dr Colbert will let you know if you’re likely to meet the criteria for your operation to be subsidised by Medicare and your private health fund, meaning that your final out of pocket gap is likely to be much less than that $5000.

  • Anaesthetic costs: Anaesthetic costs are partly covered by Medicare and your private health fund. Depending on your health fund and level of cover, there may be an out of pocket gap - this is usually approximately several hundred dollars. A more accurate quote can be given by contacting the rooms and providing us with more information.

  • Hospital costs: Hospital costs are usually covered by your private health fund, however this will depend on the level of cover that you have.



Does Dr Colbert offer payment plans for breast reduction surgery?

While it is illegal for Australian doctors to promote financial companies in advertising, many of these companies can be found on the internet by searching for generic terms such as “Australian surgical financing”. 

Have you got any more questions? 

If you have any more questions about anything to do with breast reduction, or to arrange your own consultation with me, please contact our rooms below.

David Colbert