Regarding wait times, the average for weight loss surgery in Canada is 5 years according to a study conducted by a surgeon at the McGill University Health Centre1, but some provinces have approved patients within a much shorter period of time.
If you don’t want to wait, you have two options:
Insurance may pay for you to have gastric bypass surgery outside of your province, although most provinces will not cover any expenses other than the surgery itself.
Finance bariatric surgery on your own and receive treatment in a private facility. You won’t be alone: public facilities only perform about one-third of all bariatric surgeries in Canada, while private-pay clinics account for the remaining two-thirds.1
Following are the insurance weight loss surgery and wait time details by province. Click your province’s name to jump down to the province’s directory of surgeons (provinces without links don’t have surgeons listed)…
Following are the insurance weight loss surgery and wait time details by province.
Click your province’s name to jump down to the province’s directory of surgeons (provinces without links don’t have surgeons listed)…
If you are looking for help paying for your surgery outside of insurance, Canada also has generous medical tax deductions, especially compared to other countries. As long as you can substantiate your gastric-sleeve-related expenses with a prescription, receipt, or other documentation, you should be able to write them off.
Further, if you have surgery covered by insurance, you can still deduct your out of pocket expenses along with your monthly insurance premium.
Led by a team of Canada’s leading bariatric surgeons, the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre surgeons have a combined experience of over 40 years in advanced laparoscopic procedures.
With locations throughout Canada, the SWLC team is staffed by seven bariatric surgeons, clinical nurse specialists, patient coordinators, a registered dietician, a certified wellness coach and one of Canada’s only certified bariatric nurse specialists.
If you are looking to speak to a bariatric surgeon directly, we partner with many top practices throughout Canada. Also, if you are close to the U.S. border or are willing to travel for surgery, you can search the United States bariatric surgeon directory. Click on one of the links below to jump straight to the list of our surgeons in these specific provinces…
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Please scroll down to see our full list of Canadian providers (please note: provinces not included have no listed surgeons)…
“Allowable Medical Expenses on a Tax Return – TurboTax.” 2014. 22 Apr. 2016
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