Canada has a completely publicly funded healthcare system. Healthcare is provided by private institutions as per governmental regulations stipulated in the Canada Health Act of 1984. The high quality of Canada’s healthcare system, compared with low healthcare costs relative to other first world nations, has helped it emerge as one of the global leaders in inbound medical tourism. Statistics indicate that the medical tourists are able to save anywhere between 30 to 60 percent of healthcare costs by opting for Canadian medical tourism initiatives over those provided in the United States.
The Government of Canada does not require international patients seeking medical tourism procedures in the country to acquire a medical visa. It has a general visa procedure that students, temporary workers and regular tourists are expected to undertake. Individuals traveling to Canada, who expect to stay within the country for a period greater than six months, he/she will have to undergo medical examination. The medical examination must be conducted by a physician, hospital or clinic that is recognized by the Canadian government, otherwise the visa will not be issued. It is advisable to contact an embassy, consulate, or similar expert in visa requirements prior to traveling for your care.