Health Vantis Blog

Complexities of the Spine

Complexities of the Spine The spine is a very complex part of your body.  It has disks, nerves, a spinal cord, and 33 vertebrae divided into 5 sections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx.  There are joints, ligaments, tendons and muscle surrounding it.  The spine supports your body to walk, twist and move and can […]

Updated Cross Border Travel Guidelines for Medical Purposes

Updated Cross Border Travel Guidelines for Medical Purposes The rules regarding travel continue to change from what it seems like day to day or week to week.  In the past 2 years, getting across the border has been cumbersome to say the least.  We have tried to stay ahead of it so we know how […]

Is Private Knee Replacement Available in Nova Scotia?

Medical wait times for knee replacement in the Maritimes can be lengthy. The latest data on the provincial website is on November 30, 2021. It states that for orthopedic consults, 90% of the people were served within 477 days, and then from consult to surgery, 90% of people got served within 642 days. That adds […]

Is Private Knee Replacement Available in Calgary?

According to the provincial website, as of November 2021, 90% of people waiting for a knee replacement in Alberta were served within 93.2 weeks. This wait time is from the decision to treat to the date of the treatment. Assuming the decision to treat is made at an orthopedic consult, there is most likely additional […]

Is Private Hip Replacement Available in Nova Scotia?

Medical wait times for hip replacement in the Maritimes can be lengthy. As of November 30, 2021, the fastest way to get a hip replacement, according to the provincial website is in Sydney, NS. A couple of the orthopedic surgeons doing the procedure there have roughly 100 to 120 days wait time for a consult […]

Is Private Hip Replacement Available in Calgary?

We get many phone calls and email inquiries from Canadians in Calgary searching for a private hip replacement. Even though Canadian healthcare system is “free”, access to care, especially to elective surgeries can be challenging in many provinces. It is not unusual to wait to see an orthopedic surgeon for 6-12 months, and then another […]

Where Does Canadian Health Care Fall With Health Care and Other OECD Countries?

Many countries have universal health care but not all of them are run the same way.  Each year, the Fraser Institute monitors activity with the Canadian health care system tracking wait times and efficiency.  Canada, overall, spends more on health care than the majority of other high income countries with universal health care systems.  It […]

Travel Insurance vs Complications Coverage

Travel Insurance vs Complications Coverage We get a lot of calls from people looking for complications coverage if they are traveling for medical treatment.  This can often times be confused for traditional travel insurance.  You will quickly find that they are not the same kind of coverage.  Below we will explain the difference: Travel Insurance […]

Can I Have Joint Replacement Surgery If I’ve Recently Had a Cortisone Injection?

Can I Have Joint Replacement Surgery If I’ve Recently Had a Cortisone Injection? Hip and knee replacements usually occur due to severe osteoarthritis.  By the time you are deemed a candidate for this joint replacement surgery, you have probably exhausted all treatments, one of them being a steroid/cortisone injection.  These are often prescribed to decrease […]

New Travel Guidelines Effective Nov 30, 2021

COVID has been around now for nearly 2 years and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.  That means we still have to follow guidelines and endure inconveniences, especially if we decide to travel.  The good news is that effective Nov 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals crossing the border for land or air […]