Medical tourism and bariatric surgery: who pays?


INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to determine the short-term cost impact thatmedical tourism for bariatric surgery has on a public healthcare system. Due to long wait times for bariatric surgery services, Canadians are venturing to private clinics in other provinces/countries. Postoperative care in this population not only burdens the provincial health system with intervention costs required for complicated patients, but may also impact resources allotted to patients in the public clinic.

Publication Type: Journal Articles

Year of Publication: 2014

Topics: Health Economics / Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Services

Authors: Caroline Sheppard, Erica Lester, Anderson Chuck, David Kim, Shahzeer Karmali, Christopher Gara, Daniel Birch

ISSN: 0930-2794

ISSN (online): 1432-2218

Journal Title: Surgical Endoscopy

Volume: 28

Issue: 12

Pages: 3329-3336