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Will Medicare Cover My Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)?

Can I claim my Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) on Medicare?

Whether it is chin implant surgery or a genioplasty – chin augmentation or chin reduction chin surgery is a popular surgical and aesthetic procedure. Many patients often wonder about payment plans and whether Medicare or Private Health Insurance will cover their chin surgery. Just like other procedures that are partly functional and partly aesthetic, certain criteria must be met in order for Medicare and your PHI to partially or fully cover the costs.

Will Private Health Insurance (PHI) cover my Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)?

To be able to claim cover for your chin surgery by your private insurer, you must be eligible for a Medicare item number. However, as the terms vary from one health insurer to another, our recommendation is always that you contact your private insurer directly and discuss with them whether your level of cover can help with the cost of the operation.

Why People Consider Getting a Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

Patients opt for chin surgery (genioplasty) for a variety of reasons, both aesthetic and health. The most common reasons for surgery are;

  • Trauma or jaw injuries
  • Ageing
  • Congenital deformities
  • And the desire to alter facial appearance.

Even though chin surgery (genioplasty) is one of the more difficult plastic surgeries due to its longer physical and mental recovery and hospital stay, more and more patients are opting to undergo the procedure for health reasons.

Whilst fillers can provide minor corrections in the shape and size of the chin and is a non-invasive way to alter the chins appearance it may not give a desired result for some patients. Alternately it may lead them to seek a more permanent solution.

Aesthetic Reasons for Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

Aesthetically, the most common reason patients decide to have chin surgery is to address macrogeny (large chin) and microgeny (small chin).

Functional Reasons for Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

In addition to aesthetic reasons, patients often opt for Chin Surgery (genioplasty) for functional/health reasons.

The reasons for Chin surgery (genioplasty) may be:

  • Solving bite problems
  • Removal of the consequences of injuries
  • Resolving a congenital condition such as the cleft palate
  • Facilitating chewing, biting, and swallowing
  • Help with breathing problems and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Reduction of pain due to temporomandibular joint disorders

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery Blog - claim my Chin Surgery on Medicare Before and After Image Illustration

How Do I Qualify for the Medicare Rebate?

In order to be a suitable candidate to secure rebates through Medicare, you must meet strict requirements. The Australian Government uses a numbered list of services through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to determine which procedures are subject to rebates.

GENIOPLASTY including transposition of nerves and vessels and bone grafts taken from the same site falls under the fourth category of procedures-Oral And Maxillofacial Services, as well as FOREIGN IMPLANT (NON-BIOLOGICAL), insertion of, for CONTOUR RECONSTRUCTION of pathological deformity, not being a service associated with a service to which item 52624 applies.

MBS Code for GENIOPLASTY surgery is:

52378 – GENIOPLASTY including transposition of nerves and vessels and bone grafts taken from the same site

Genioplasty attracts benefit once only although the surgeon will make a section on both sides of the symphysis of the mandible.

MBS Code for CHIN IMPLANT surgery is:

52321 – FOREIGN IMPLANT

Full MBS Item Number breakdown and description:

52321

FOREIGN IMPLANT (NON-BIOLOGICAL), insertion of, for CONTOUR RECONSTRUCTION of pathological deformity, not being a service associated with a service to which item 52624 applies

Will Medicare Cover Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) for medical reasons?

The basic rule, both Medicare and PHI, is that aesthetic procedures are not subject to any rebates. However, as is often the case with patients considering chin surgery (genioplasty), if your problem is a matter of health, then there is a possibility that your insurer will, at least to some extent, fund your intervention.

Such a request must be medically justified and necessary.

The specific criteria for Genioplasty Surgery are:

  • Genioplasty attracts benefit once only although the surgeon will make a section on both sides of the symphysis of the mandible.
  • In every other case, neither Medicare nor private health insurance will not cover the costs.

Research to find out if Medicare and the MBS Covers Your Chin Surgery Procedure

  • You can download a complete MBS benefits scheme to find out more about the categorization, codes, and conditions for each procedure.
  • If you are looking for a specific procedure, you can use a built-in search function to browse through the categorization faster
  • If the procedure you desire is not on the list in the MBS categorization, Medicare is not offering reimbursement for that specific surgery

Why is Medicare for Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) confusing a lot of patients seeking Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery?

Like any other surgery, plastic surgery varies from situation to situation, from patient to patient. If you are considering chin surgery (genioplasty), it is important that you know some basic settings and principles by which Medicare works.

Some patients opt for plastic surgery solely for aesthetic reasons, to change their physical appearance. While for others plastic surgery is a necessary endeavor to facilitate their daily functioning and ensure a normal life. That is why it is important to know that procedures that are only aesthetic are not subject to rebates. However, if your medical problem is of such a nature that it makes it difficult for you to function daily, there is a possibility that a certain percentage of your costs will be covered by Medicare.

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery Blog - claim my Chin Surgery on Medicare Before and After Image

Disclaimer: The outcomes shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

Potential Outcomes of Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

Chin surgery (genioplasty) is a rather difficult operation after which the patient must be in the hospital for a few days. Recovery can be painful and long. It is necessary for patients to strictly follow doctor’s instructions regarding oral hygiene and eating.

As the face is the most exposed part of the human body and the changes on the face after chin surgery are obvious.

As previously mentioned, there are several health problems that may be solved by chin surgery (genioplasty), and after the operation patients get rid of; pain, breathing problems and they often find it is easier to swallow and chew.

To view more before and after images, you can visit the Chin Surgery (genioplasty) photo gallery here.

Medicare Rebates are subject to change and review

MBS Item codes can change or be eliminated from the Medicare rebate schedule. If your surgery is currently eligible for a Medicare rebate, it may be recommended to perform your procedure sooner rather than later.

Tips for dealing with Medicare regarding your claim

  • When thinking about undergoing plastic surgery and finding out about the possibilities of whether your procedure is subject to rebates, you must first know that your procedure is not subject to rebates if the procedure is only aesthetic – cosmetic surgery.
  • On the other hand, if it is plastic reconstructive surgery, there is a chance that your procedure will be financially covered at least to a certain extent, either through Medicare or PHI.
  • So, if you decide to have the procedure only for aesthetic reasons, your request for rebates will almost certainly be denied.
  • PHI and Medicare do not cover the same procedures or to the same extent. Therefore, before the operation; be well informed about the conditions and scope under which the operation can be covered by Medicare, and under which by a private insurance provider.
  • In your request;
    • Be as precise as possible
    • Describe your problem in detail
    • Support everything with photos, medical records, and medical findings.
  • Learn all about MBS codes. Read the descriptions in detail and try to understand what you have read.

Further Tips For Your Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

  • Every plastic surgery begins with an examination and consultation with a plastic surgeon.
  • Before chin surgery (genioplasty), it is necessary to perform a facial MSCT to determine a jaw correction plan. There are several methods used in jaw surgery, and depending on your condition as well as your preferences, with the plastic surgeon you will choose the most suitable method for you.
  • After the operation, you will be told to;
    • Consume a liquid diet
    • And, sleep on your back. This reduces jaw movement and unnecessary pressure.
  • It is very important that you ask your doctor for a written confirmation/referral to undergo surgery for health, not aesthetic reasons.
    • The referral of a general practitioner is valid for 12 months
    • and specialists for only 3 months.
    • Keep this in mind so you don’t miss deadlines.
  • Never sign up for multiple procedures at once. Such requests usually result in rejection.
  • Ask your doctor to show you photos of other patients with the same problem before and after surgery.

When phoning Medicare and Health funds

  • The Medicare rebate application process will take some time and can be very stressful.
  • We recommend that you communicate with agents by email so that you have a written record of any information exchanges
  • If you do use the telephone, ask the agent for a written confirmation of the interview at the end of each call
  • Throughout the refund application process;
    • Record all the information you receive
    • Organisation is key
    • Keep all the documentation related to the procedure and refund application, preferably in chronological order.
  • Unfortunately, CocoRuby doesn’t provide assistance with Medicare or Health Fund processing. This is solely the patient’s responsibility.

However, we do list the Medicare code(s) on your Quote and on your Invoice(s). So, if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate code or health fund rebate, this can help you when it comes to submitting your paperwork.

More Information about Your Procedure

  • You can Download Free Procedure Guides on your chosen surgery.
  • Also, our FAQs page might help you find out more about the procedure, as well as, other patients’ experience.
  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • You can also talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday on (03) 8849 1400
  • Phone (03) 8849 1400 or send us an enquiry form, below.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read further information about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer page.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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