Why Did Thousands of Canadians Go to the US for Care Last Year?

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In 2017, Ana, a 32-year-old Manitoba woman launched a fundraising campaign to pay for NeuroBlate laser-based surgery to fight her brain cancer. Her surgery is projected to cost about $150,000 dollars performed in a U.S hospital. The irony of this situation is that this innovative surgery was developed in Canada but it isn’t performed here. (Read the full story).

Did you know that…

  • According to a Huffington Post article, for procedures available in Canada, long wait times (average 10.6 weeks) cost Canadians $1.7 billion in lost wages and time last year?
  • Physicians reported that wait times are three times longer than what they consider “clinically reasonable”?
  • The Financial Post recently reported that Canada ranked last in “best health care” out of 11 countries, mainly due to the long wait times we have to endure?

So it’s no surprise that an estimated 63,000 Canadians traveled abroad last year for their non-urgent medical care – An increase of nearly 40% more than the previous year.

What procedures did they travel abroad for?

  • General surgery
  • Urology
  • Colonoscopy
  • Angiography

What does this say about our healthcare system?

There’s been great dissatisfaction with the length of time it takes to get non-urgent care. People who can afford to pay for their care and don’t want to be subjected to long wait times find alternatives in the US and abroad. Others are subjected to these long wait times and sometimes to the expense of their recovery.

Is there an option for average income earners to get the best health care when they need it?

Fortunately, Yes. Canadians DO have an option to get worldwide medical care in a timely manner from the best medical specialists around the world.

Considering the long wait times and the huge cost to your finances and your business if you’re self-employed, it’s worth checking out if you can qualify for this Global Healthcare option.

Want to find out more about worldwide medical care and other healthcare options available to you? Contact me for a complimentary 30-minute consultation.

Aviva Abraham is a group benefits and insurance advisor at Creative Planning. She has been providing healthcare solutions for self-employed and business owners since 2010. 

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