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Medical Tourism from Canada (Guest: Colin Craig)

January 2, 2020

Instead of going to Florida or some exotic locale for vacation, Canadians are flocking to other countries to get faster and better health care.

Colin Craig of describes how his organization has been monitoring how patients leave the country because they cannot get quick access to a doctor in the country’s single payer health care system. says more than 217,000 Canadians left the country in 2017 seeking medical care in other countries.  He describes one woman, a nurse with debilitating back pain, who paid for surgery in Tijuana, Mexico when she was told there would be a two year wait for treatment in Canada. 

Craig goes on to say that Canadians pay stiff taxes for their single payer health system so it says a lot when they spend their limited discretionary income to get medical attention in other countries. These are stories Americans will want to hear as lawmakers talk seriously about bringing socialized medicine to the U.S. 

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy