I was originally on a list in Hamilton and waited at least 1 year before Ontario came up with more money and my name was sent to Ottawa. By the time my name was added to their list I had actually made it to #3 in the list of people to be called in Hamilton.
My name went to the BOTTOM of the list when it was sent to Ottawa. Fortunately when I had heard Ottawa was accepting patients I had my doctor refer me there in Feb of 2010. I had my first contact with them at the end of November and that was just for a information session with approx 15-20 other people.
By my calculations that’s 9 months before 1st contact. Since
then I’ve been making multiple trips to Ottawa for appointments that could have been done either by phone or at my own doctor’s office (ex: blood work and dietitian). All these trips have cost ME days off work (loss of income), time,
and expensive GAS! And all this with NO guarantee the surgeon w
ill accept me when and if I ever do get to see him or her.
If I could afford it I’d go to the U.S. or any other country and get it done in a much more timely fashion.
Related: Bariatric Surgery Canada