As part of the Ontario Diabetes Strategy, the Ontario government has committed to increase the number of bariatric surgeries performed in Ontario to 2,085 a year by 2011/12.
A patient registry was created to expand and improve access for the people who need bariatric surgery by creating a central referral process to coordinate care and reduce wait times.
Expanded access to bariatric surgery in Ontario has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of patients receiving this surgery outside of Ontario. By providing this surgery within the province, the government is providing better care to those who require surgery and saving approximately $10,000 for each surgery done in Ontario.
In 2009, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care committed an additional $75 million over the next three years to improve access to bariatric services by establishing four Bariatric Centres of Excellence and two Regional Assessment and Treatment Centres and increasing treatment capacity by over 750 per cent. Find out more »
The Bariatric Registry is the system used by physicians to refer patients to a Bariatric Centre of Excellence or a Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre conveniently close to the patient in preparation for surgery and for important post-surgery follow-up. These centres are a part of the Ontario Bariatric Network. Find out more »
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