For Canadian Patients

The Detroit Medical Center is a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health. Just follow the four simple steps outlined below to begin your journey to a healthier life.

The Ontario Ministry of Health covers the following bariatric surgery procedures for approved patients:

  • Gastric Bypass (Open and Laparoscopic)
  • Gastric Sleeve

Why should Canadian patients choose the DMC as their weight loss experts?

  • The Your New Self Weight Loss Solutions program at the Detroit Medical Center is an accredited Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The American College of Surgeons (ACS).
  • It’s recognized for meeting the rigorous standards set forth by the nation’s highest accreditation organizations. Our surgeons have performed over ten thousand weight loss surgery procedures and are rated amongst the top in the nation.
  • The DMC is recognized as a preferred provider for bariatric surgery by the Ontario Ministry of Health.
  • Our bariatric surgery patients from Ontario have the support of a comprehensive health care system, providing a wide range of services to meet virtually any need.
  • The DMC is conveniently located just a few miles from the Windsor, Ontario/Detroit, Michigan border and serves patients in Windsor, London and Sarnia.
  • Our patients from Ontario have the benefit of coordinating all their health care needs through our International Services department. A knowledgeable International Services Coordinator will be assigned to you to guide you through the process from start to finish.

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Contact a Detroit Medical Center International Services Coordinator at 1-800-745-6447 or visit our International Services page. The coordinator will answer all your questions and act as your DMC liaison from this point forward.
  2. Your Canadian primary care physician will need to complete the “Prior Approval Application for Full Payment of Out-of-Country Health Services” form and submit it to the Ontario Ministry of Health. This form can be obtained by your physician or by going to
  3. Once your Ontario primary care physician has submitted the application, the Ontario Ministry of Health will respond to you within 30-90 days. A copy of the response will also be sent to your physician and DMC International Services.
  4. If the Ministry of Health approves your request, your DMC International Services coordinator will then contact you to set up your initial consultation with a DMC bariatric surgeon.

To ensure convenient travel to the United States, patients should bring the following documentation to expedite the border crossing process:

  • Passport or Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification Card
  • DMC consultation letter or email provided by your International Services Coordinator
  • For more information on the border crossing process or to get your passport or approved identification, go to

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