Private Hysterectomy vs Waiting in Canada

Fraser Institute recently released its new report for medical wait times in Canada in 2022. The overall increases in wait times show up in several specialties. One of them is GYN. The median wait time for a GYN from a referral by GP to treatment is 32.1 weeks, 8.1 weeks increase from 2021.  The median wait time from GP referral to see a GYN is 15.7 weeks and from seeing GYN to get treatment is 16.4 weeks.

Of course, these numbers vary depending on the province you live in. Saskatchewan has the shortest wait times, with 4 weeks from GP referral to GYN, and then 11.9 weeks from GYN to treatment, making a total median wait time of 15.9 weeks. Atlantic Canada leads the worse wait times for GYN. In NS, one can wait 110.7 weeks to see a GYN once their GP refers them, and then an additional 52 weeks to get treatment. Total wait time can be 162.7 weeks – over 3 years!

For many women, such wait times present a serious issue. Many seek private health care, such as a private hysterectomy or private laparoscopy. In the past, we helped many women get private GYN surgery in a timely manner. In general, we can arrange a private hysterectomy within 3-4 weeks from the time we receive your medical records.

Private medical facilities we work with have virtually no wait times. Health Vantis will connect you to a safe and affordable private medical facility and make all the logistical arrangements for you. Reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll free 877 344 3544 to learn more.

 

Private Surgery or Waiting: Canada Medical Wait Times 2022

According to Fraser Institute, 2022 was worse than 2021 for medical wait times. Compared to 2021, the medical wait times in Canada increased by 1.8 weeks. The total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner and delivery of medically necessary elective treatment by a specialist averaged across all 12 specialties and 10 provinces surveyed, has risen from 25.6 weeks in 2021 to 27.4 in 2022. As a reminder in the year 1993, it was just 9.3 weeks.

Ontario reports the shortest total wait in 2022 (20.3 weeks), followed by British Columbia (25.8 weeks) and Quebec (29.4 weeks). Prince Edward Island has the longest total wait at 64.7 weeks, followed by Nova Scotia (58.2 weeks) and New Brunswick (43.3 weeks).

So even if you are in Ontario, you could be facing a 5-month wait time. However, if you are in Atlantic Canada, your medical delays can be close to over a year. The full report by the Fraser institute can be found here.

It is understandable that many Canadians do not wish to wait and look for private options for surgeries or specialty consultations. Health Vantis can help by connecting you to a safe and affordable private medical facility and providing you with white glove medical concierge service, making all the logistical arrangements for you.

Private medical facilities we work with have virtually no wait times. In most cases, we can get someone to surgery in 3-4 weeks from the date we receive their medical records. If you are wondering about your private medical options, please reach out to us to discuss, email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877-344 3544

Private Spinal Fusion

Private Spinal Fusion

Private spinal fusion is a major surgery.  It is often a last resort kind of surgery.  Reasons one might have a private spinal fusion is due to deformities of the spine, herniated disk or spinal weakness or instability.  There are several different techniques done for spinal fusion.  Your surgeon will know which one is best for your situation.  

This procedure can be done at any level in the spine.  Bone or bonelike material are used between the vertebrae and will sometimes need metal plates, screws or rods to stabilize and heal as a single unit.  It prevents any movement between the vertebrae(s) that have been fused together.

Over 90% of spinal fusion patients achieve a solid fusion and have benefits from the surgery, although it varies by person.  There are many factors that increase and/or inhibit the success rate such as other deficiencies in other levels of the spine, condition the fusion is treating ie. Scoliosis, tumor or infection, and whether or not the  person did their rehab.  Other reasons that might inhibit the success rate could be related to preexisting depression, poor psychological well-being, smoking, obesity, age or hypertension.

If you are interested in a consultation, we can make arrangements for that.  The cost is $600 for the records and MRI images to be reviewed by a neurosurgeon and include a discussion with him on whether or not a private spinal fusion is the appropriate surgery for your needs.  Keep in mind, a recent MRI less than 6 months old is preferred.  We charge a $200 fee to make these arrangements. Contact us today to set your consultation up! 

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Private Spinal Decompression

Private Spinal Decompression

If you have compressed nerves in your lumbar spine, a private spinal decompression surgery might be beneficial to you.  Spinal decompression is done to treat spinal stenosis, a slipped disc and sciatica, spinal injuries and metastatic spinal cord decompression.  

If lumbar decompression surgery is recommended, you might have one of these procedures: laminectomy, discectomy, foraminotomy, osteophyte or spinal fusion.  In many cases, a combination of these procedures might be used.  Knowing which procedure is right for you is determined by your neurosurgeon.  Most of the time they prefer a stepped approach starting with less invasive procedures before jumping into surgery.

If you are interested in a consultation, we can make arrangements for that.  The cost is $600 for the records and MRI images to be reviewed by a neurosurgeon and include a discussion with him on whether or not a private spinal decompression is the appropriate procedure for your needs.  Keep in mind, a recent MRI less than 6 months old is preferred.  We charge a $200 fee to make these arrangements. Contact us today to set your consultation up! 

Health Vantis

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877-344-3544

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Private Surgery – Who Pays the Bill?

We oftentimes are asked if any of the private surgery costs can be reimbursed by the provincial healthcare plan. The answer to this question is – it depends on the type of surgery you are going to have. Canadian provincial health plans do not cover any healthcare costs for private surgery if that surgery or treatment is covered by a provincial healthcare plan. So, for example, a hip or knee replacement is not going to be covered.

If it is something that is not offered in Canada, you may be able to recover some costs. However, this path is long and arduous and requires advanced planning. Each province has different rules. Every province requires your Canadian doctor to provide certain documentation to state that this is the needed surgery or treatment and that it is not offered in Canada.

Fraser Institute recently calculated how much Canadians pay for public healthcare and here are the numbers. “The 10 percent of Canadian families with the lowest incomes will pay an average of about $690 for public health care insurance in 2022. The 10 percent of Canadian families who earn an average income of $76,704 will pay an aver­age of $7,374 for public health care insurance, and the families among the top 10 percent of income earners in Canada will pay $41,914.” These expenses are withheld through our Canadian taxes for our “free healthcare” that is experiencing lengthy delays accessing the medical services.

Considering private surgery and its costs are always a serious matter. In 99% of the cases, your private surgery costs will have to be covered by you. However, to some Canadians, it is a timely option they want to have. If you are considering private surgery, we can help. The medical facilities we work with are safe, and affordable, and provide great outcomes for our clients. Give us a call 877 344 3544 or email us info@healthvantis.com

Medical Travel: How It Works

Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated. All the details have to be worked out before you go. Keeping track of all the moving pieces can get stressful. Health Vantis medical travel process is broken down into easy 5 steps. We explain everything and help you along so that you can focus on your health.

Step 1.

We determine the complexity of your case. If you wish to proceed, different fee structures (reach out to us to inquire) apply at this point. Informed Consent and Release Form and Client Agreement are executed upon agreeing to have your diagnostic tests and medical records reviewed.

Step 2.

We will then take a detailed medical history, obtain your medical records, complete all necessary paperwork and send them off to our facility(s) for review.

Step 3.

We get feedback from the facilities and communicate with you. Oftentimes there is a consultation with the specialist that happens at this step. Sometimes the consults are at a fee, and sometimes they are complementary. Firm surgery pricing is presented at this point.

Step 4.

You make a decision whether or not to proceed with the surgery. If you are proceeding, we will make all the necessary arrangements for your medical appointments/surgery and travel based on your preference and availability. *Please note that accommodations, airfare and transportation are not included in the above pricing. A travel companion is required at all of our facilities.  All COVID rules must be observed in the state or province you travel to.

If you do not wish to proceed, there are no further fees or any obligations. You are in control of your health.

Step 5.

During the final stage, you will receive a detailed pdf file with all your medical travel details documented and a border patrol letter to serve as your medical itinerary and a point of reference. We will send reminders about your coming up appointments/surgery a few days in advance and make sure everything is on schedule with the facility.  Any changes to COVID rules will be communicated to you immediately.  You will have one point of contact the entire time.

If you would like to learn more about private surgery without delays, please email us at info@healthvantis.com or call us toll-free 877 344 344

How much does a private knee replacement cost?

When it comes to costs of the private knee or hip replacement surgery in the US, it can vary widely. For example, the price for a knee replacement can start at about USD $30,000 go up as high as USD$68,000. Why such a difference? US healthcare operates differently than Canadian. The cost for any surgery to a person is determined by their private health insurance and the prices the insurance company negotiated with suppliers of medical services.

In Canada, private knee replacements are done at very few facilities and their costs do not vary widely. There are just a couple of provinces that are able to offer private joint replacements in Canada. These surgeries are not available to those Canadians residing in the same province as a private medical facility, with one exception of Quebec. So, if you are an Ontario resident, a private knee replacement in Ontario is not an option for you.

Health Vantis works with medical facilities in the US and Canada that are safe and offer excellent outcomes for a private knee replacement. The prices for a private knee replacement start from $28,000 USD & $28,000 CAD and can go up, depending on the location.

If you require more information about your options for private knee replacement, please reach out to us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or by email at info@healthvantis.com

Private Hysterectomy in Canada and the US: Abdominal vs Laparoscopic

Medical wait times in Canada can be long. GYN elective surgery such as hysterectomy may sound like something one can wait for in peace, but in reality, many women suffer in pain while waiting. Hysterectomy is recommended after all non-surgical options were tried unsuccessfully. Waiting for it can be frustrating.

Health Vantis can help you find a reputable place in the US to get a private hysterectomy. Unfortunately, this surgery is not offered in Canada in a private manner.

Abdominal (Open) Hysterectomy

An abdominal hysterectomy is removal of the uterus through an incision in the lower abdomen. It is a more invasive approach because the incision can be 6 to 12 inches, horizontal or vertical.  It is usually recommended when the uterus is large and can not be removed safely through the vagina.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, several small incisions are made, instead of one large. A laparoscope is a thin lighted tube with a camera. It allows a surgeon to see and work inside the abdomen. A laparoscope is usually inserted through a small incision in the belly button. Other surgical instruments are inserted through other small incisions. The uterus is then cut into smaller pieces and is removed either through the incisions or through the vagina. This method is considered minimally invasive as it allows faster recovery due to smaller incisions.

Both types of hysterectomy are done under anesthesia and both require someone to pick you up after the procedure and take you home or to a hotel room for recovery. If you would like more information, please call us at toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com

Private Hip Replacement in Canada and the US: How It Works

Hip replacement surgery is often recommended to alleviate severe joint arthritis. In the past, this surgery required a stay in the hospital and months of recovery. With advancements in medicine, hip replacements are oftentimes day surgery. You would arrive at the surgical center in the am, and be discharged in the late afternoon.

It is unfortunate that medical wait times in Canada for joint replacement are months even years long. Depending on your pain level and how long you are able to wait, you may want to consider a private hip replacement. Paying out of pocket for medical care may be against our national pride in the Canadian “free” healthcare system. But as one of our clients put it “I could have gotten a new car or a new hip. My new hip is 100 times more precious to me than a new car. “

So how does a private hip replacement process work? We first have a conversation with you, and determine what your preferences are and where you are in your health journey. If you have a recent set of XRAYs and/or have seen an orthopedic surgeon here in Canada we can start right away.

We try to provide you with more than one option for your private hip replacement. Safe outcomes, affordability, and ease of travel are usually at the top of our clients’ concerns. We discuss these options in detail. Once you settle on a location, we collect your medical records and submit them for a specialist’s review. A consultation usually takes place shortly thereafter.

If you decide to proceed, we start working on all the details of your travels so that nothing is overlooked or missed. This step usually takes a few days to complete and at the end, you will have a detailed medical travel file that is sent to you with all the steps and information you need to follow. We are also available throughout your travel to find answers to your questions and make your travel for a private hip replacement a less stressful event.

There are private facilities in Canada and the US for private joint replacement and both are an option if you choose us to help you. For more information and detailed inquiries please reach out to us toll-free 877 344 3544 or by email at info@healthvantis.com

New Feature Available for Private Diagnostics!

New Feature Available for Private Diagnostics!

We get a lot of calls and emails for private diagnostic clinics.  In the past, we would assist in making the arrangements for someone to get a MRI, CT Scan, Colonoscopy, EMG and so on.  A non-refundable fee of $100 was required to make the arrangements for the person to pay for our time and expertise on knowing right where to send you.  Due to the influx of emails and calls we get for these, we had to think of a better way to field these inquiries to make the most of everyone’s time and money.

We now offer a list of all the private facilities, that we are aware of, available to you in Canada and a few cross border options for: MRI, CT Scan, Colonoscopy/Endoscopy, EMG, ECHO and Biopsy.  These are the most requested services we get inquiries for.  The list you receive will have the facility name, location, contact information, ie. phone number and email, and cost.

Most facilities require a referral.  Not all are willing to provide a cost to you unless you have a referral, therefore, we give a ‘starts at’ or ‘ranges from’ ballpark.  Once you submit your referral and they have reviewed it, an exact cost can be given to you.  In some instances, you might be requested to submit your doctor’s clinical notes.

EMG, echocardiogram (ECHO) and biopsy do not have many options within Canada, therefore, the list will be short.  Not all provinces have private facilities.   You are also not able to go to a private facility within your own province with the exception of Quebec and for MRI or CT Scan.  It is also important to note that while we will keep the most up to date pricing, it is subject to change at any time.  With COVID still an issue, some facilities have shut down temporarily.

Trying to locate a private facility within Canada is an easy google search, however, getting the accurate information and someone to call you back with pricing requires a lot of time and follow up.  The value of this is that you can have a complete list with private facilities’ phone numbers, email address and approximate cost on options available to you.  It will help you make an informed decision quickly as to whether or not you wish to wait for the system to get you in or to pay out of pocket.

To access a copy to the diagnostic test you need, click here!

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

info@healthvantis.com

877-344-3544