Services Covered Under OHIP
It is recommended that patients over the age of 50, or for those with a family history of colon cancer, be screened for colorectal cancer. The value of screening for colorectal cancer is that if there is a pre-cancerous lesion – a polyp – it can be identified and removed, as opposed to other cancers where screening simply looks for early-stage development. Thus, colonoscopy is the single best screening procedure for colorectal cancer, as polyps can be identified and completely removed.
Colonoscopy is also used to detect other conditions such as in work-up of rectal bleeding, diarrhea, weight loss, change in bowel habit, suspected inflammatory bowel disease, or abnormal radiologic tests.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a common endoscopic test for evaluating the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The test may be useful in diagnosing indigestion, dysphagia, upper abdominal pains, heartburn, vomiting, suspected celiac disease, or early satiety.
Above services are covered under OHIP. Please ensure you bring your valid health card and list of your medications.