What are the factors that lead a Canadian to seek medical treatment in another country?

The wait time is one of the main reasons Canadians seek medical care outside of their country. Some conditions, classified as elective, cosmetic, bariatric, or non-emergent, can take months to treat.

COVID-19 is not the direct cause of these wait times, and according to the Fraser Institute, the Canadian Medicare has median wait times of up to 25.6 weeks, which is the longest ever recorded. The total wait time for patients referred to specialists can range between 46 and 49 weeks. The Neurosurgery and Orthopedics departments have the longest wait times. Medical Tourism Insurance provides an immediate solution for those facing an emergency or simply wishing to undergo any type of elective surgery, issues related to the pandemic, and/or necessary treatments when recovering from Covid 19.

These wait times can be extremely harmful to patients and their families because waiting for a necessary procedure can aggravate the injury, causing both physical and mental pain and suffering, as well as the patient’s inability to work. Furthermore, the harm that pain medication can cause to the patient’s body is exacerbated by the prolonged use.

A recent talk with a Canadian patient who required surgery to remove an edema on the adrenal gland demonstrated the physical toll that waiting may take. They will very certainly need an adrenalectomy if they wait for Canadian Medicare to perform the surgery. This is easily avoidable. The patient can have the edema removed in the United States while the adrenal gland continues to function normally. The adrenal gland regulates many bodily processes, including the production of cortisol and adrenaline, which regulate blood pressure, heart rate, metabolism, and so on. The removal of the adrenal gland would necessitate the use of hormone supplements for the rest of their lives.

Endometriosis is a painful condition in which tissue grows outside of the uterus and can include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and intestines, resulting in debilitating chronic pain and infertility. Endometriosis affects one out of every ten women in Canada, and the wait time for an invasive procedure to remove tissue and help with pain management can range from two to four years. Some women have had to quit their jobs due to chronic pain and long wait times. They can have a procedure that will relieve their pain quickly while not affecting their annual income if they choose Medical Travel.

What precautions should a patient take when traveling abroad to receive medical treatment covered by a Medical Tourism Insurance policy?

When purchasing Medical Tourism Insurance and traveling abroad for a medical procedure, Canadians must take precautions.
They should discuss and read the policy to confirm the full scope of their coverage and the extent of their limits.

Another suggestion is to consult with the medical provider or Medical Travel Insurance agent about what documents, clothing, and so on may be required while abroad. Consider what you will require if you plan to travel for pleasure after your procedure is completed. Medical Travel Insurance allows you to include a travel companion who can assist you after surgery as part of your coverage. Adding a travel companion to your policy provides them with coverage in the event of a medical emergency, travel delay or cancellation, and baggage loss.

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