Medical Tourism Facts: Canada

In part due to the nature of their universal health care, Canadians often face longer wait times for medical procedures. The wait for an elective surgery is one of the longest that a Canadian patient can face. This is why more and more Canadians are turning to medical tourism to get top quality care without waiting months on end for an opening.

Why Do Canadians Choose Medical Tourism?

Aside from bypassing long “lines” for procedures, why would a Canadian patient choose to travel abroad for medical care? Similar to patients from other countries, one big draw is the cost savings. In Canada’s universal health care system, not everything is without cost; provincial healthcare plans do not cover dental services, elective surgeries, cosmetic work, or plastic surgery. These are some of the most common types of care that medical tourists choose to travel abroad for!

On top of these reasons, Canadians also enjoy the added bonus of indulging in a well-deserved vacation as they recover from their medical procedure. The tourism aspect of medical tourism is an attractive pull for patients of all nationalities. By traveling to an exciting, foreign destination to receive medical care, Canadians get to enjoy sights that they cannot find at home. A tropical vacation and reduced cost medical care? It’s a great deal.

Many patients are wary to engage in medical tourism because of the associated risks. While risks do exist, medical tourists can put their minds at ease by investing in complications insurance for themselves and their travel partner. We can help.

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