They can help deflect excessive waiting times that threaten your health by arranging treatments abroad, or offer “cures” for whatever ails you despite the unavailability of remedies here.
They are medical travel brokers and their trade is medical tourism.
Could they be the white knights of Canada’s ailing, cash-strapped health care system who will come in, sweep up sickly patients and whisk them off to greener medical pastures?
There’s no question that, for a growing number of Canadians, medical tourism spells relief.
But experts say a lot more groundwork needs to be done before medical travel brokers should be considered the remedy for a resource-crippled system — or before medical tourism becomes a way to outsource care.
source: montreal gazette