MEDICAL TOURISM

MEDICAL TOURISM



Why Canadians choose to

have surgery outside Canada

Why Canadians

choose to have

surgery outside

Canada

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The Canadian Medical System, once one of the finer systems in the world has become over-burdened during the last 20 years. Funding for hospital beds, technology, medical and support staff have not kept pace with a growing and aging population.

An estimated 63,000+ Canadians visit other countries to have medical procedures performed every year. This number has grown about 300% over the last seven years. Why? There are basically three reasons:

Why Canadians choose to have surgery outside Canada

The Canadian Medical System, once one of the finer systems in the world has become over-burdened during the last 20 years. Funding for hospital beds, technology, medical and support staff have not kept pace with a growing and aging population.

An estimated 63,000+ Canadians visit other countries to have medical procedures performed every year. This number has grown about 300% over the last seven years. Why? There are basically three reasons:

Access To Procedures

Long Wait Times

High Costs

Provincial governments place restrictions on the number of surgeries performed which are judged to be voluntary –– that is, surgery not judged to be necessary for the preservation of life.

Weight Loss Surgery falls into this category and as a result thousands of people urgently needing Bariatric surgery cannot get access to these life-changing procedures here in Canada.

As well, even when someone meets the criteria for having Bariatric surgery within the Canadian Medical system (criteria varies by region), a lack of qualified surgeons in some parts of the country make it impossible.

The average wait time for Bariatric surgery in Canada is 5 years. That's 5 years after going through the qualifying procedure to determine if someone is a valid candidate, which may take an additional 3-9 months.

Once approved for surgery, Wait times vary by jurisdiction (example: 7-10 years in Alberta, 2-3 years in Saskatchewan).

There are no wait lists in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, NWT, Yukon or Nunavit because there are no qualified Bariatric surgeons available in these areas.

Despite recognition from the Canadian and American Medical Associations and the World Health Organization, Obesity has not received official recognition as a chronic disease by the federal government or any Canadian provincial or territorial governments. Therefore most Bariatric Surgeries are not covered under provincial health plans.

Weight Loss Surgeries are available within the private sector but costs are unaffordable for many people urgently needing the surgery. Costs for a Gastric Sleeve procedure in the private sector for example can be as much as $20,000 here in Canada.

Access To Procedures

Long Wait Times

High Costs

Provincial governments place restrictions on the number of surgeries performed which are judged to be voluntary –– that is, surgery not judged to be necessary for the preservation of life.

Weight Loss Surgery falls into this category and as a result thousands of people urgently needing Bariatric surgery cannot get access to these life-changing procedures here in Canada.

As well, even when someone meets the criteria for having Bariatric surgery within the Canadian Medical system (criteria varies by region), a lack of qualified surgeons in some parts of the country make it impossible.

The average wait time for Bariatric surgery in Canada is 5 years. That's 5 years after going through the qualifying procedure to determine if someone is a valid candidate, which may take an additional 3-9 months.

Once approved for surgery, Wait times vary by jurisdiction (example: 7-10 years in Alberta, 2-3 years in Saskatchewan).

There are no wait lists in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, NWT, Yukon or Nunavit because there are no qualified Bariatric surgeons available in these areas.

Despite recognition from the Canadian and American Medical Associations and the World Health Organization, Obesity has not received official recognition as a chronic disease by the federal government or any Canadian provincial or territorial governments. Therefore most Bariatric Surgeries are not covered under provincial health plans.

Weight Loss Surgeries are available within the private sector but costs are unaffordable for many people urgently needing the surgery. Costs for a Gastric Sleeve procedure in the private sector for example can be as much as $20,000 here in Canada.

Access To Procedures

Provincial governments place restrictions on the number of surgeries performed which are judged to be voluntary –– that is, surgery not judged to be necessary for the preservation of life.

Weight Loss Surgery falls into this category and as a result thousands of people urgently needing Bariatric surgery cannot get access to these life-changing procedures here in Canada.

As well, even when someone meets the criteria for having Bariatric surgery within the Canadian Medical system (criteria varies by region), a lack of qualified surgeons in some parts of the country make it impossible.

Long Wait Times

The average wait time for Bariatric surgery in Canada is 5 years. That's 5 years after going through the qualifying procedure to determine if someone is a valid candidate, which may take an additional 3-9 months.

Once approved for surgery, Wait times vary my jurisdiction (example: 7-10 years in Alberta, 2-3 years in Saskatchewan).

There are no wait lists in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, NWT, Yukon or Nunavit because there are no qualified Bariatric surgeons available in these areas.

Hight Cost Of Surgery

Despite recognition from the Canadian and American Medical Associations and the World Health Organization, Obesity has not received official recognition as a chronic disease by the federal government or any Canadian provincial or territorial governments. Therefore most Bariatric Surgeries are not covered under provincial health plans.

Weight Loss Surgeries are available within the private sector but costs are unaffordable for many people urgently needing the surgery. Costs for a Gastric Sleeve procedure in the private sector for example can be as much as $20,000 here in Canada.