If you have been told you need to have a surgery, the most common reaction is to have it done asap. In Canada, most people have already been waiting quite a long time to know that they will need to have surgery. Being told there is a long wait is not anything one likes to hear.
Will this ever change? It is anyone’s guess. New Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has indicated he would allow patients more choice when it comes to private options. This of course is quite a ways down the road. With COVID added to the delays, it really presents additional challenges.
Where Are The Private Facilities?
As of now, private facilities are very limited in Canada. For instance, there are no known private surgical facilities within the Maritimes. In all other provinces, there are a handful of private facilities, however, they are limited on what kind of surgery they can do. For example, there are only a couple facilities that can do a knee and/or hip replacement. None of the private facilities can accommodate over night stays. The surgery would need to be on an outpatient basis, otherwise, you will have to wait and go through the system. Not everyone is a candidate for an outpatient surgery so an evaluation needs to be done.
What Are The Rules For Going To A Private Facility?
Back in September of this year, British Columbia determined private facilities could no longer perform private surgery if you are a resident of BC. This prompted closures and services offered to BC residents on a private basis to no longer exist. They do, however, allow someone from another province to be treated at their facilities in a private manner. In Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, the same rule applies. The facility is not able to provide private services to residents within that province. This is only for those procedures already covered by their provincial insurance. Things like dentistry and cosmetic surgery would not apply. The only province we are aware of that can take residents within their own province is Quebec.
This presents a challenge because it requires travel. Not everyone is willing to and in COVID times, it can be tricky with constantly changing rules and gray areas. If you’d like to know what your options are within Canada, please give us a call and we can help assist in finding a facility that can meet your needs.
There are also other private facilities for MRI and CT Scans For more information on those, see our other blog post here.