Yes, you can claim that nose job on Medicare – but there is a catch

CLIENT: DR ZAC
OUTLET: 9HONEY

Plastic surgery can figuratively cost you an arm and a leg, and this high cost is nowhere more evident than the planeloads of Australians hoping to save a buck with medical tourism each year.  While this is one way of saving money, you’d be surprised to hear that many plastic surgery procedures are covered by our very own Medicare or your private health fund. That means a nose job that would normally cost between $15-25,000 could cost as little as $5,000. Bargain!  If this sounds too good to be true, for most of you, you’re right: Medicare will only cover plastic surgery procedures when they are deemed ‘medically necessary’ and not just for cosmetic purposes. This is perfectly legitimate, and while I wouldn’t recommend getting plastic surgery without a lot of personal consideration and consultation with professionals, there are quite a few cases where plastic surgery is medically beneficial.

Plastic surgery can figuratively cost you an arm and a leg, and this high cost is nowhere more evident than the planeloads of Australians hoping to save a buck with medical tourism each year.

While this is one way of saving money, you’d be surprised to hear that many plastic surgery procedures are covered by our very own Medicare or your private health fund. That means a nose job that would normally cost between $15-25,000 could cost as little as $5,000. Bargain!

If this sounds too good to be true, for most of you, you’re right: Medicare will only cover plastic surgery procedures when they are deemed ‘medically necessary’ and not just for cosmetic purposes. This is perfectly legitimate, and while I wouldn’t recommend getting plastic surgery without a lot of personal consideration and consultation with professionals, there are quite a few cases where plastic surgery is medically beneficial.