Ontario And Ohip
Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
HOWEVER, it got me thinking. Isn't it better for OHIP to cover this cost than to keep covering costs for related medical issues of those who remain undiagnosed? If I add up all the times I went to the doctor for gastrointestinal issues, severe unexplained body/joint pain, depression, general unwellness, body rashes, miscarriages (possibly related to celiac disease) over the years and the operation to remove my gallbladder , not to mention the prescriptions (sometimes paid by insurance companies if you're lucky to have a plan), it must be in the high hundreds if not thousands. And had I not been diagnosed, I would have continued to make medical trips for some of the prementioned and possibly new symptoms!
I believe that Ontario is the only province in Canada that doesn't cover the cost.
Just my rant for the day
Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:41 PM
Chemical (scent) Allergy
“Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”
Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:44 PM
I haven't been tested yet because of the cost of the blood work. I am pretty sure I am gluten intolerant or have celiac so I stopped eatting it completely last April. There are actually quite a few blood tests that OHIP doesn't cover because they take a lot of time and work in the lab. So I think this might be the reason why some aren't covered because if they allowed all of these long blood tests to be free it would likely cause problems in labratories and people would get behind.
It's silly yes, since I think gluten intolerance is more common than we think and the cost stopped me from getting the test, 125 dollars for a blood test or 125 dollars for food.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:02 PM
As far as I know, the poster who noted the nuance to ohip coverage is correct. My liver specialist shared the same info with me. I did not pay for my blood panel in ontario.
Severely anemic in 2007 (undetectable iron levels)
Elevated liver enzymes (ALT and AST) as of October 2008.
Negative blood test for celiac disease in February 2009, followed by diagnosis of celiac disease in April 2009 after positive biopsy.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:32 PM
Well said Flaykee,
I saw an idiot doctor back in the fall of 2010 after I felt better after I went gluten free.
She told me not to get tested because it's too expensive.
She could have sent me for a tTG at the hospital.
This year after reading on this forum, I went for the full panel at $125
but tested negative possibly because I was gluten free for so long and my low IgA.
I thought of the exact same thing.
OHIP would save a ton of money if they tested kids at say 5 or 6 years old or had the free Celiac panel
rather than having us see all kinds of specialists for a myriad of health problems.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:18 PM
My doctor(s) wouldn't test me for Celiac because I don't have gastrointesintal issues but I had so many other things going on. "Food is not your issue" I believe I was told. I quit gluten two years ago and my issues have cleared 90-95%. My son was tested at age two and his test was covered by OHIP.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:31 PM
janpell, the gastro doctor I saw about 2 weeks ago said: "you don't fit the profile".
And the gastro symptoms are just IBS.
He must have gone to the same medical school as your doctor.
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