If you’ve been considering gastric sleeve surgery, there’s a good chance a certain question has crossed your mind: Is sleeve gastrectomy covered by OHIP? While the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for many health services you may need and often covers Gastric Bypass, it will only cover Gastric Sleeve under specific circumstances.
To qualify for OHIP coverage of gastric bypass, you need a BMI over 40 or over 35 with existing obesity-related health conditions. However, to qualify for OHIP coverage of sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve), candidates need to have a BMI over 60 that would make the bypass too risky to perform.
One of the benefits of opting to have surgery at a private clinic like 360 Sleeve is that you can qualify for gastric sleeve with a much lower BMI, meaning you don’t have to wait until your health gets increasingly worse to tackle obesity head on.
Please note that BMI is one of the most determining factors in gastric sleeve candidacy; candidates need to have a BMI of 30 or higher to qualify for sleeve gastrectomy at 360 Sleeve. Our gastric sleeve BMI calculator can help you understand your BMI.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery is to book a consultation with our surgical team. During your consultation, one of our two surgeons will provide you with resources and professional advice to guide you in the right direction for your weight loss journey. Please remember that gastric sleeve surgery at 360 Sleeve is not covered by OHIP, but financing options are available.