Choosing a Specialist

Your doctor will be able to recommend and refer you to a weight loss surgeon who can perform your procedure.

You may be happy with your doctor's advice, or you may like to investigate your choices.

You can find a weight loss surgeon and specialist dietitian through the Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society.

Questions for your specialist may help you understand the treatment, and, if necessary, decide on a surgeon. Practical things you may also consider are which hospital(s) a particular surgeon operates from, and their fees.

To find out which surgeons participate in our Medicover No-Gap or Known Gap * arrangement:

Can you use your referral on any specialist?

Your referral can be transferred to any specialist you choose, as long as they’re in the same medical field. Alternatively you can ask your GP to write an ‘open referral’ where they don’t specify a particular specialist. A valid referral needs to include:

  • relevant clinical information about your condition for investigation, opinion, treatment and/or management
  • date of the referral
  • signature of your referring doctor.

*Participation in HCF’s medical gap initiative is at the doctor’s discretion. We can’t guarantee all doctors will participate in our gap arrangements for all members or services. Where you will incur any out-of-pocket costs the doctor(s) should advise you of these costs and obtain your consent to charge you so you can make an informed decision before going ahead with the procedure. Members are encouraged to confirm with their doctor(s) whether they will use HCF’s medical gap initiatives for their treatment.


Before going ahead with weight loss surgery, there are certain questions you need to ask.


Information is provided by HCF in good faith for the convenience of members. It is not an endorsement or recommendation of any form of treatment nor is it a substitute for medical advice, and you should rely on the advice of your treating doctors in relation to all matters concerning your health. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however HCF takes no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage or other consequences of the use of this information.