Making Canada a destination for medical tourists: Why Canadian provinces should not try to become "mayo clinics of the north"

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Abstract

When Canadian researchers examine the subject of medical tourism, they typically focus on ethical, social, public health and health policy issues related to Canadians seeking health services in other countries. They emphasize study of Canada as a departure point for medical tourists rather than as a potential destination for international patients. Several influential voices have recently argued that provincial healthcare systems in Canada should market health services to international patients. Proponents of marketing Canada as a destination for medical tourists argue that attracting international patients will generate revenue for provincial healthcare systems. Responding to such proposals, I argue that there are at least seven reasons why provincial health systems in Canada should not dedicate institutional, financial and health human resources to promoting themselves as destinations for medical tourists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalHealthcare Policy
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

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