December 14th, 2016

// Long wait times make destination healthcare attractive to Canadians – Press Release

Long wait times make destination healthcare attractive to Canadians

Seeking quality treatment outside of Canada is a viable option with no wait times

Wait times for medical procedures are at a 20-year high in Canada. Accessing private medical treatment for non-emergency procedures IS a viable option for Canadians.  Safe, high-quality, private care is available to Canadians immediately at an affordable price.

"Canadians are becoming frustrated with unreasonably long wait times and lack of access to the care they need," states Nicola Banks, founder of Health City Canada, the Canadian office for Health City Cayman Islands. Health City Cayman Islands sees an average of 20 Canadian inquiries every week and have performed many joint replacement surgeries on Canadian patients, all of whom are back home and recovering well. "Patients should be aware that there are private options available outside of Canada and that suffering is not acceptable," adds Banks.

The practice of Destination Healthcare – also referred to as Medical Tourism – is becoming a fast-growing global industry. In the past year alone, the number of Canadians who left the country to receive medical treatment is in the tens of thousands. The accreditation standards and practices continue to evolve, empowering potential patients to seek affordable, high-quality care.

"The fact that we are only 6 days into corresponding with each other, and have made a determination and scheduled a surgery date, is way beyond our expectations,"  says the daughter of a current patient.

Health City Cayman Islands, a state-of-the-art accredited hospital, set up a dedicated Canadian office in 2016 to better serve the Canadian marketplace. "Our priority is to inform Canadians of their options when they feel there are none," says Banks. "Many inquiring patients are frustrated to the point of feeling desperate." As cited in a recent report by the Fraser Institute, long wait times can have a significant negative impact, beyond merely frustration for patients, such as increased pain, suffering, and mental anguish.

"In a perfect world, we would be able to meet the demands of Canadians needing surgery here in Canada in a timely manner," said Canada-based anaesthesiologist Dr. Cynthia Horner. "Given our current climate, this is becoming more difficult and Canadians are choosing to look for other options."  

Based on the philosophy that a patient's medical journey starts – and continues – at home, Banks and her Canadian team of physicians are dedicated to optimize continuity of care for Canadians, and inform Canadians on how to access high-quality, affordable healthcare in a timely and safe manner.

About Health City Cayman Islands
Health City Cayman Islands provides compassionate, high-quality, affordable healthcare services in a world-class, state-of-the-art, patient centred environment.  Health City Cayman Islands delivers excellence in adult and paediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac electrophysiology, medical oncology, orthopaedics, sports medicine, paediatric endocrinology, gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, neurosurgery, minimally invasive spine surgery and pulmonology services.

SOURCE Health City Canada


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