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    Does medicare cover breast reductions?

    As I have conic back pain, shoulder issues and heat rash under both breast.
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    Dr Peter Girardi

    Breast Surgeon, Endocrine Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr Peter A Girardi is a highly regarded Specialist Surgeon now focused on Breast & Endocrine (thyroid) Surgery. He has performed well over 5000 surgical … View Profile

    Yes Medicare covers breast reduction. The item number is 45520 for each breast. However many public hospitals in NSW no longer regard this procedure as "non-cosmetic" and therefore patients are often forced to have the procedure performed in Private hopsitals. As there is a medicare item number the Private Health Insurers cover the hospital costs. Often there is a gap for the doctors fees. 

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