Is the gastric sleeve covered by OHIP?
This is an extremely important question. The Sleeve Clinic is a private, boutique bariatric surgery clinic specializing in the gastric sleeve surgery. It is not covered by OHIP. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) does cover a different procedure, called: “gastric bypass” in patients with a BMI >40 or BMI>35 with specific obesity-related health conditions. The MOHLTC will only cover a gastric sleeve if:
1) there is severe scar tissue from a previous surgery that prevents surgeons from performing a gastric bypass
2) the patient has a BMI>60 and/or
3) the patient has certain pre-existing medical conditions that make a gastric bypass excessively risky (e.g., ulcerative colitis, chronic steroid use, etc.).
For more information, please read our guide on “What To Know Before Undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery.“