Sydney Plastic Surgeon Jeremy Hunt said when asked if a tummy tuck can be covered by Medicare by a NINEMSN reader that there is provision in Medicare to have a tummy tuck performed for health reasons.
The criteria need to be assessed by a plastic surgeon who works in the public hospital system and this is usually done though a plastic surgery outpatient clinic at your nearest teaching hospital. Your GP can usually arrange referral to the appropriate clinic for you.
You need to be assessed first and then you will be notified as to whether you fit the criteria and the procedure will be able to be performed under Medicare.
Don’t bring your hopes too high!
Remember though that the Medicare system is in place to provide health care to the community at no charge, not to provide elective procedures to patients and you may need to have this procedure performed in a private hospital.