One of the reasons I started this blog was that I was having so much damn trouble getting into treatment [in Ontario, Canada], that I had to separate my eating disorder posts from my bipolar disorder/anxiety posts – since I was able to get help for that again.
In Ontario there are few treatment options available. I have tried for two months to try and get into treatment and nothing is budging. Basically it boils down to this: if you do not have insurance, you are shit out of luck. OHIP and ODSP do not cover in-patient treatment for eating disorders.
I have tried contacting Homewood in Guelph, Ontario, Bellwood in Toronto, Ontario, and the Renfrew Centre – the latter which hung up on me. I wasn’t going through their switchboard again – I’ve social anxiety and once was enough. Both Homewood and Bellwood told me they do not take ODSP/OHIP and that I should get in touch with someone local for in-patient except there is nothing of the sort in my city.
Out-patient will not take me because they require you be medically stable to take part in their program and I am not. My blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar levels drop frequently and are unstable, especially when I try to eat above my normal calorie intake (500-800). Out-patient also requires a BMI of 16 or higher and I’m in the 5.1-15.6 range depending on my weight (I fluctuate between 91lbs and 95lbs).
I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth when it comes to out-patient, I just know the program is not designed for someone whose disease is as progressed as mine. Basically they expect you to be in-control of your eating disorder to the point where you can take part in their program. I answered ‘no’ to each of their questions and am not eligible.
In short, unless I win the lottery, or an exception is made, there are no treatment options for me. I was told I wouldn’t make it out the year as my body/heath is/are now and I believe it. I’m one step away from spending the rest of the year in hospital and it doesn’t look like anything is going to give.
So there you have it. Next time you gripe about Canadians and their free health care, remember that they’re not helping those who’re actually sick.