Wait times push more Canadians abroad for treatment


The article says that besides the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos, Mexico and the United States are popular destinations for Canadians to seek out private healthcare facilities.

SecondStreet.org, a Canadian think-tank, used Statistics Canada data to calculate that Canadian patients made at least 217,500 trips to other countries in 2017 specifically for health care. If those travelling with the patients are included, the total, they claim, rises to 369,700.

The article also says that the Fraser Institute reports that wait times are the leading reason Canadians cite for medical travel. It says that Statistics Canada estimates Canadians spent US$1.9 million per day on health-care trips to other countries in 2017, up from US$1.2 million per day in 2013. Alberta Health Care monitoring measures indicate the wait times for hip and knee replacement surgeries have increased 15% since 2015.

For further analysis on the medical travel flow out of Canada, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.



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