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  1. #1
    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    11/15/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr Mario Almanza
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
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    Smile From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    Hi
    I'm a self pay...anyone from Canada get insurance coverage?
    please share
    thinking of going down to Mexico in the new year
    I gave myself 6 months to research this and think it through
    its a big yes...
    It's amazing how honest and forthcoming you all are about your surgerys
    anyone considering this procedure releys so much on all your input
    Love you all!




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    Gastric Sleeve Member LeisaMcD's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Leisa
    Surgery date
    08/09/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Almanza
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last Activity
    03-17-2014 07:32 PM
    Location
    Ontario Canada
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    Hi there,
    You can get insurance coverage through OHIP if you are over 100 lbs overweight and have other issues like Diabetes or high blood pressure or sleep apnea. You have to go through the Bariatric Registry. Your doctor has to go to the website and fill out the referral, they will contact you in 6-8 months and invite you to a group information session and assign you to a hospital in Southern Ontario based on your postal code. Then you have to go on to a doctor supervised diet, see a nutritionist and a psychologist and they will determine if you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. You will then have a bunch of tests performed and if all goes well they book your surgery. The only surgery OHIP will cover is the Rou En Y procedure. They will not cover a sleeve or a lapband. Lapband has gotten some bad press lately and many sleevers started off as banders and had the devise removed. The Rou En Y procedure has nasty side effects like malabsorption and dumping and completely disconnects your stomach from your digestive track. Private insurance in Ontario does not cover any WLS (at least not any that I was able to find).

    I paid the $4500 and went to Mexico and got the sleeve a month ago and I am very happy that I went this route. I hope you find the information useful. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

    Good luck!
    Leisa



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Truffles's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Brigitte
    Surgery date
    08/24/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Almanza
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Prince George, BC
    Posts
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    Hi from Edmonton. I went down to Mexico.
    Nov. 15/17 - re-sleeve, hiatal hernia repair, gallbladder removal with Dr. A. Lopez from AloBariatrics in Puerto Vallarta



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Jamie
    Surgery date
    09/03/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Almanza
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Last Activity
    02-27-2014 08:47 PM
    Location
    Slave Lake, AB, Canada
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    Don't rely on your gov't doctors.
    Get it done yourself.
    The only issue I had is the wrong portrayal of what the hospital would look like....
    Was not what I had envisioned.
    Surgery went well though.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    09/10/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Gonazalez
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Last Activity
    02-11-2013 10:17 PM
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    From Alberta, qualified for alberta health care referral......then was told it was a 2-4 year waiting period for a consult.........Needless to say I fly to Mexico on Sunday. I went with a higher priced surgeon surgery in total in $8000. Did not want to be in a clinic that has 10-12 surgeries go through a day. My surgeon does 6 per week. Also comes to the hotel and rounds on you for four days. Like I said I paid a littel extra for the one on one factor. The city of Tijuana chamber of commerce is paying for my hotels and transportation while down there. The doctor I am seeing won an award for his practice and as part of that the chamber is paying for the accomadations of everyone who comes down while the promotion is on!! If you want more info I am more then happy to share




    Starting Weight - 274
    Pre Op Loss - 14LBs
    Date of surgery - 260 LBS
    30 Days out-234 LBS
    3 months Post Op - 214 LBS
    5 months POST OP - 197

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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    08/07/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Almanza
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Last Activity
    06-01-2013 11:54 AM
    Location
    Thunder Bay, ON Canada
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    Hi, I am from Ontario as well. I had the sleeve done 4 weeks ago today and I can say I am very happy to have done it. I am down 26 lbs to date and feel good. I live in Thunder Bay...u?



  9. #7
    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    11/15/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr Mario Almanza
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    I'm north of Toronto......everyone is so wonderful for sharing. It looks like I'm on my own in terms of insurance cover for this procedure---that's OK
    I prefer this less evasive technique ( which isn't covered)
    Good luck and best wishes to everyone



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    Gastric Sleeve Member ToDream's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Cheryl
    Surgery date
    04/27/2011
    Surgeon
    Dr. Mario Almanza
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Last Activity
    04-14-2017 02:48 AM
    Location
    The WET COAST, Canada
    Posts
    776
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    I was in Edmonton when I had my surgery and was part of WeightWise... when I found out the wait list for surgery (which may not be sleeve) was over 2 years out, I chose self pay. I went to Dr Almanza and I am really happy with my results. I would change a few things (no hotel, recovery house instead) but otherwise, I'm pretty happy with what I got. I don't have any affiliation with that surgeon right now but I do have a blog about all of my experiences.... feel free to read and to contact me if self pay is the way you want to go.

    From Alberta, I was able to claim a portion of out of country medical here and then federal taxes as well. Nearly 1/2 of what I paid (less travel) was reimbursed! Perhaps your province can also help? Do some googling!
    Straight forward. Straight facts. Whether you like the truth or not... I'm not made of sugar coating

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  11. #9
    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    07/08/2013
    Surgeon
    Dr. Alberto Aceves
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Last Activity
    08-26-2013 04:35 PM
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
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    Default Re: From Ontario, CANADA......anyone else?

    Future Mrs. Finnimore, I am also from Ontario and was wondering if you would share more about your dr., the clinic, costs, exactly how you got it all organized... etc... It sounds as if you were very well cared for.

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