Canada Weight Loss Surgery

Canadian Obesity Epidemic and Bariatric Treatment of Obesity

An epidemic of obesity is a chronic disease, similar to LDL cholesterol, spread globally including Canada. It is associated with excess body fat and is considered Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30. Obesity can affect and threaten individual’s health, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, sleep apnea, fertility problems, gout and cancer. Canadian people who are overweight are also being shortchanged by lingering stigma and bias.

According to a recently published report, 20% of Canadians over 18  (about 6 million adults) and 6% under 18 are obese. The obesity rate is also alarming among children and 1 out of 10 is obese. Both overweight and obesity are more common in males than in females.

Obesity Statistics – Worldwide 2013

The only proven long-term solution to cure obesity and obesity-related diseases is weight loss surgery. Surgery improves weight as well as overall life expectancy. Not to mention the cost of health care and lost productivity (estimated at $7.1 billion – 2016).

Most of the Weight loss surgery procedures, such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, are covered almost in all of Canada by Jurisdictional Health Care Plans. All are offered by the individual provincial government. However, the wait list is too long (2 to 15 years). Atlantic provinces, in general, lag in access to bariatric surgeries.

Bariatric Procedures Covered by Province

PROVINCE
PROCEDURE
WAIT TIME
REIMBURSEMENT
British Columbia
(MSP)
Sleeve & Bypass
3 – 5 years
No
Alberta
(AHCIP)
Band & Sleeve & Bypass
7 – 10 years
Yes
Saskatchewan
Sleeve & Bypass
2 – 3 years
No
Manitoba
Sleeve & Bypass
N/A
Yes
Ontario
(OHIP)
Sleeve & Bypass
2 – 3 years
No
Quebec
Band & Sleeve & Bypass
3 – 15 years
No
Newfoundland & Labrador
Band & Sleeve & Bypass
N/A
Yes
Nova Scotia
Sleeve
3 – 5 years
Yes
New Brunswick
Band & Sleeve & Bypass
3 – 5 years
No
Prince Edward Island
Sleeve & Bypass
N/A
Yes

* Yukon and the Northwest Territories do cover bariatric surgery but patients are referred to an affiliated province.
** Nunavut does not cover bariatric surgery
*** Non-invasive Intragastric Balloon is not covered

There are experienced and qualified surgeons available in Canada. The capacity of surgical treatment of obesity have increased as well (6500 bariatric surgeries were performed in 2013-2014 – up 4 times in 7 years). However, only very small percent of eligible patients are offered surgery with average wait list of 5 years across the country. Canadian clinical practice guidelines for bariatric surgery qualifications are:

  • Individuals who have tried to lose weight by lifestyle modification (diet and exercise) and have not been successful
  • BMI of 40 kg/m2 or higher or
  • BMI of 35 kg/m2 or higher and there is obesity-related comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or sleep apnea

If you do not want to wait to get the covered services (2 to 15 years), you have one of the viable options below:

  • Get the surgery done in a private clinic in Canada. As a matter of fact, two-thirds of bariatric surgeries are done in private-pay facilities vs one-third in public facilities. You can pay cash or finance the surgery cost. You can do it in your province or outside of your province to get reimbursed by insurance (most likely the surgery itself only).
  • Go through top medical tourism companies like Mexico Bariatric Center. Based on the province you are in, you may be able to get reimbursed by the insurance (the surgery itself only).

Every year hundreds of patients from Canada start their journey to a new life with Mexico Bariatric Center (MBC) and change their lives forever. Patients from Alberta, British Columbia, Toronto, Montreal, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia opt for surgical treatment of obesity and give themselves a second chance in life.

Learn more about undergoing weight-loss surgery by visiting these pages on major cities in Canada.

Ontario

British Columbia

Alberta

CEO Ron Elli - Weight Loss Surgery Seminar in Canada

CEO Ron Elli – Canada Weight Loss Surgery Seminar

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) covers weight loss surgery for extremely obese patients with medical complications. The approved procedures are Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve, and Gastric Bypass. However, the wait time is 7 to 10 years and not everyone qualifies. To avoid the long wait time, a high cost of surgery or simply not getting qualified under the guidelines, the patients in Alberta have been taking advantage of Medical Tourism through Mexico Bariatric Center to get a new beginning in life. AHCIP even reimburses the surgery part of the bariatric procedures.

Mexico Bariatric Center has been actively educating and providing bariatric services to the province of Alberta. In 2016, MBC staff alongside MBC’s CEO, Ron Elli, Ph.D. and Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela held an informational seminar in Edmonton. In 2017, MBC crew directed by Ron Elli, Ph.D. and Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela traveled to Calgary to educate patients about obesity and obesity-related disease. The seminar also emphasizes on after-care to help patients establish healthy eating habits and exercise for long-term weight loss success.

Manitoba

Quebec

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Weight Loss Surgery
Nova Scotia

New Brunswick
New Brunswick Weight Loss Surgery
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Weight Loss Surgery
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Weight Loss Surgery
Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories Weight Loss Surgery
Yukon
Yukon Weight Loss Surgery
Nunavut
Nunavut Weight Loss Surgery
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