- HEALTH TRACKER
I just saw Dr. Brown in Abbotsford and nothing is covered
by msp, pannis removal is covered but extremely hard to
get (you have to prove a history of severe infections sores
that aren't healing etc). I have lost 106 lbs so far (rny
surgery May of last year). The cost he told me was 7000 $ (butterfly) tummy tuck which would include a bit of
liposuction, 5000 $ breast lift,7000 $ under arms,
7000 $ inner thighs. With HST it would be 6000.00 $
tummy, and 7840.00 $ for each other procedure.I have
an appt to see Dr. Guichon in Surrey in September. My
friend had the surgery with Guichon recently and her
fee was 8000.00 $ full body/tummy lift + tax +2660.00
private hospital fees (11,600 total).
I was told by Dr.N that I should save around 10,000.00 so I can have the surgery when I am ready. I am pissed that the MSP can cover the surgery but not the excess skin removal so I wrote an e-mail to Christie Clark. I did this before I had my surgery (Mar 26/2012) and a response was sent to me. If you get a pre-authorization form (on the website) and take it to your surgeon, they can fill it out and if they feel that you require the surgery for health reasons, not vanity, MSP will cover it. So, since I have had my surgery and have lost 75 lbs now I decided to send another letter to the government to make sure that this can still happen.....here is the response that I received:
So, when it is time for me to get the surgery I will bring this letter with me along with the pre-auth forms and see what happens. I personally cannot afford to pay for the surgery. I feel it should all be a package deal, it seems logical to me that if you are losing alot of weight that there will be excess skin left to deal with. The government should be more than willing to pay for this as it is helping alot of people get healthy and therefore not relying on the medical system so much.
Fingers crossed that it can work for all of us!! Good luck :-)