Canadians may be seeking treatment outside their borders, but an even greater number of foreigners are taking advantage
of medical tourism in Canada for surgery, medical procedures, and treatments. The largest influx of health tourists are from the nearby US, but patients from Europe and Latin America are also traveling to the Great White North for world-class care, lower costs, and the opportunity to recuperate in the glorious natural landscape or modern urban centers of Canada. Americans have the advantage in traveling to Canada in that if their treatment takes less than 180 days, they won’t even need a visa.
Care in Canada is equal to or superior to that in the US. For example:
- There are 20% more nurses and 10% more hospital beds per 1000 population in Canada
- Canada’s in-hospital mortality rate is 33% lower
- Canada has lower mortality rates for senior patients (age 65+)
- Overall surgical satisfaction rates are comparable between the two countries.
- Canadian patients have higher survival rates for things like liver or kidney transplants, colorectal cancer, and childhood leukemia.
When it comes to medical costs, Canada is far ahead of the US with patients saving 30-60% of the costs. An average hospital stay in the US is $20,673 compared to $10,373 in Canada. Specialized treatments like coronary bypass can be as much as 80% higher in the US. Additionally, prescriptions and other medicines are significantly cheaper in Canada.
Surgeries in Canada
Canada has one of the more advanced healthcare systems in the world, with cutting-edge hospitals and clinics. The same treatment a patient receives in the US is available there, from basic check ups to advanced diagnostics and surgeries. Eye care, dental services, and pediatric care are also available.
Canadian hospitals excel at organ transplants and cancer treatment. They boast some of the top cardiac surgeons in the world. Treatments for kidney disease, orthopedic surgeries such as hip or knee replacement, and even cosmetic surgery are also available. Fertility treatments, weight loss surgery, and diagnostics such as MRIs, ultrasounds, a CAT scans can be obtained in Canada.
Another advantage of treatment in Canada is that many hospitals and clinics are part of international healthcare companies that have partners throughout the US, making it easier to coordinate follow up care.
Top Destinations in Canada
The 10 Canadian province offer a stunning range of medical facilities and very different recovery possibilities. Patients can recuperate in spas, resorts and clinics with mountain views, fresh sea breezes, wide-open prairie ranges, and urban metropolises.
Vancouver is a great destination, with beautiful parks and forests as well as museums, shopping, and art to peruse during recovery. The sea is a big attraction with beaches, bays, and a seawall to enjoy. The city has a major aquarium, botanical gardens, and quality theater and restaurants.
Montreal is perhaps the most international of Canada’s cities. It boasts modern hospitals and modern hotels in a multicultural city bursting with cultural, artistic, and historical attractions. The food in Montreal is top notch as is the nightlife, once the patient has been cleared of any post-operative restrictions, and the shopping.
Toronto is the largest municipality in the country. It has taken the lead in working to attract foreign patients in recent years. The goal is to continue to meet the medical care of residents while expanding the availability of surgeries and treatments to medical tourists, especially those from the US. Regular tourist attractions are as diverse as in any city. Toronto is home to the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, museums, science center, zoo, aquarium, markets, a thriving Chinatown and plenty of parks, gardens, and even some river islands.
Hospitals all over the country are required to meet extremely high standards, which makes virtually any facility a good choice for care. That means that travelers who don’t want to go to the big three can investigate care anywhere from Ottawa to St. Catherine’s to Winnipeg to Halifax.