Tools for Accessing Health Benefits

Tools for Accessing Health Benefits 2018-06-14T17:54:08+00:00

The Report Card On Access To Obesity Treatment For Adults In Canada 2017 highlighted major shortfalls in terms of access to care. For the most part, private and public benefits plans do not cover obesity treatments. If you have had coverage denied from your benefits plan, try using these tools to convince them to make an exception. Your healthcare team can help you build a case for why you might benefit from certain treatments.

A guide help you navigate your private benefits coverage if a treatment for obesity has been declined by your provider.

Click here to open the document (PDF).

Outlines what interventions are recommended in treatment guidelines, and how difficult it can be to access care.  It’s a good companion piece to the benefits tool above.

Click here to open the document (PDF). 

Obesity Canada’s Public Engagement Committee developed letters you can send to appropriate decision makers within your private health plan. There is a version for both unionized and non-unionized workers who want to respond to a denial of coverage using an evidenced-based argument for an exception.

Click here to save a template letter for non-unionized employees (Word). 

Click here to save a template letter for unionized employees (Word). 

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