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As a former resident of Canada, and well as someone with several family members living in Canada – I would like to welcome my Canadian readers to the site. Since publishing my first book on medical tourism, I was told by multiple people, “Canadians will never be interested,” but as someone familiar with the Canadian healthcare system, I knew this not to be true.

There is a huge amount of national pride and Canadian identity tied up in their healthcare system – but this pride fails to address many of the problems endemic to the system itself.  All health care systems have problems, everywhere. It’s the nature of trying to address the needs of a growing, dynamic entity like a population of nation – a population that in many countries is sicker, and older with more chronic diseases than ever before.  It is inevitable that there will be shortfalls in some areas, and nothing for citizens to be ashamed of.

The most important thing is for the people to have access to care, where ever that care comes from, in a timely fashion.   For many years, it meant that Canadians slipped across the border to the United States for heart surgery, cancer treatments or other medical problems of a more urgent nature. But now, the USA’s health care system is spiralling out of control – making it imperitive that Canadians find another destination for those times when they just can’t (or don’t want to) wait.

In many cases, patients (from the USA) can go to Colombia, or other countries for medical tourism using their current insurance.  I’d like for my Canadian readers, insurance writers and medical tourism professionals now to chime in and let me know how it works for my friends to the North.

If insurance doesn’t currently pay for medical tourism – then push!! the insurance companies to do so. (It’s in their best interest for cost savings – so you might be surprised to hear what they have to say.) Insurance companies here in the USA were some of the earliest adoptors of medical tourism, first thru targeted pilot programs – and now with whole divisions set up to help patients go abroad for care.

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