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WHY LEAVE CANADA?

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Why Canadians choose to have surgery outside Canada

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The Canadian Medical System is one of the finer systems in the world. But keeping pace with the ever rising costs of modern medical technology, along with the challenges of a growing and aging population, put stress on the system's ability to address the needs of all Canadians. Simply stated, when it comes to Obesity and Bariatric Surgery, the Canadian Public Healthcare system lags behind other jurisdictions.

An estimated 63,000+ Canadians visit other countries to have medical procedures performed every year. This number has grown about 300% over the last seven years. Why? There are basically three reasons:

Access To Procedures

Long Wait Times

High Costs

Provincial governments place restrictions on the number of surgeries performed which are judged to be voluntary –– that is, surgery not judged to be necessary for the preservation of life.

Weight Loss Surgery falls into this category and as a result thousands of people urgently needing Bariatric surgery cannot get access to these life-changing procedures here in Canada.

As well, even when someone meets the criteria for having Bariatric surgery within the Canadian Medical system (criteria varies by region), a lack of qualified surgeons in some parts of the country make it impossible.

The average wait time for Bariatric surgery in Canada is 5 years. That's 5 years after going through the qualifying procedure to determine if someone is a valid candidate, which may take an additional 3-9 months.

Once approved for surgery, Wait times vary by jurisdiction (example: 7-10 years in Alberta, 2-3 years in Saskatchewan).

There are no wait lists in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, NWT, Yukon or Nunavit because there are currently no qualified Bariatric surgeons available in these areas.

Tap the button below to see an excellent video prepared by Obesity Canada concerning Bariatric surgery availability / access in Canada:

Despite recognition from the Canadian and American Medical Associations and the World Health Organization, Obesity has not received official recognition as a chronic disease by the federal government or any Canadian provincial or territorial governments. Therefore coverage under provincial health plans is limited and qualifications are rigid. Many seeking this life altering surgery must look elsewhere.

Weight Loss Surgeries are available within the private sector but costs are unaffordable for many people urgently needing the surgery. Costs for a Gastric Sleeve procedure in the private sector for example can be as much as $20,000 here in Canada.

Access To Procedures

Provincial governments place restrictions on the number of surgeries performed which are judged to be voluntary –– that is, surgery not judged to be necessary for the preservation of life.

Weight Loss Surgery falls into this category and as a result thousands of people urgently needing Bariatric surgery cannot get access to these life-changing procedures here in Canada.

As well, even when someone meets the criteria for having Bariatric surgery within the Canadian Medical system (criteria varies by region), a lack of qualified surgeons in some parts of the country make it impossible.

Long Wait Times

The average wait time for Bariatric surgery in Canada is 5 years. That's 5 years after going through the qualifying procedure to determine if someone is a valid candidate, which may take an additional 3-9 months.

Once approved for surgery, Wait times vary by jurisdiction (example: 7-10 years in Alberta, 2-3 years in Saskatchewan).

There are no wait lists in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, NWT, Yukon or Nunavit because there are currently no qualified Bariatric surgeons available in these areas.

High Costs

Despite recognition from the Canadian and American Medical Associations and the World Health Organization, Obesity has not received official recognition as a chronic disease by the federal government or any Canadian provincial or territorial governments. Therefore most Bariatric Surgeries are not covered under provincial health plans.

Weight Loss Surgeries are available within the private sector but costs are unaffordable for many people urgently needing the surgery. Costs for a Gastric Sleeve procedure in the private sector for example can be as much as $20,000 here in Canada.

To better understand Obesity, watch this excellent video prepared by Obesity Canada

To better understand Obesity, watch this excellent video prepared by Obesity Canada