Canada as a medical tourist destination

Holidaying abroad with a stop-over for inexpensive, high quality health care might be an interesting offer for many; especially, if the whole package costs far less than specific healthcare alone in your home country.

Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry that attracts people to travel abroad to get medical, dental, and surgical care, along with an enjoyable and luxurious vacation in the country.


People from developed countries such as Canada, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Malaysia, Thailand, Belgium, Poland and Singapore have world class, cost-effective healthcare. Traveling to Canada for medical care just makes sense.

Why Canada?

People traveling to Canada for medical reasons are mostly from the United States. Medical care in United States is almost double the cost of what it is in Canada, making Canada an attractive medical tourism destination for Americans.

However, those who are still skeptical about standard of care in America and Canada, should take a close look at the facts provided:

• Average in-hospital treatment costs are nearly twice as much in the U.S. ($20,673 U.S. vs. $10,373)

• There are 9.9 qualified nurses per 1000 population in Canada as compared to 7.9 nurses per 1000 population in US (so you get a highly personalized care!)

• Overall satisfaction with the surgical experience is similar in both countries (85.3% U.S. and 83.5% Canada).

• The number of acute care hospital beds in Canada is 3.0 per 1000 population as compared to 2.8 in US

• Canadians have lower rates of in-hospital mortality (1.4% Canada vs. 2.2% U.S.).
• Administrative costs consume more of the total cost of treatment in the U.S. (38.2% of total costs in the U.S. vs. 31.7% in Canada).

• In-hospital cost of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) in the U.S. is 82.5 % higher in the U.S. than in Canada.
  The mortality rate for end-stage renal disease is 47% higher in the U.S. than in Canada. Adjusted monthly costs of treatment are $503 higher in the U.S.
• Fifty-seven percent (57%) of U.S. patients have reprocessed dialyzers used on them, compared with 0.0% of Canadian patients.
• Compared with the American counterparts, low-income Canadians have a significant survival.

• Advantage for 13 of the 15 kinds of cancer studied.
• One-year mortality rates following myocardial infarction are virtually identical for both countries (34.3% U.S. vs. 34.4% Canada).

  Canada has a higher rate of annual bone marrow transplants (0.89 per 100,000 population vs. 0.81per 100,000 in the U.S.)
• Canada has lower mortality rates for patients 65 and older three years after both low-mortality (18.52% U.S. vs. 15.31% Canada) and moderate-mortality (19.19% U.S. vs. 16.63% Canada) procedures.
• Survival rate for four disease condition is higher in Canada than in America:
           o Colorectal cancer: 113 Canada vs. 108 U.S.
           o Childhood leukemia: 118 vs.110
           o Kidney transplants 113 vs. 100
           o Liver transplants 123 vs. 102

• Above all, American citizen do not need visa if the length of stay is less than 180 days.
• The prescription drugs and medicines are far less expensive in Canada.The high cost in America is mainly attributable to higher resource prices for products and labor and higher overhead costs resulting from a nonsocialized medical system.

In addition to the cost effective medical care, medical tourism to Canada is an opportunity to explore places of interest and relax in beautiful ambience – an opportunity worth grabbing indeed!

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