TITLE

Unpacking the financial costs of "bariatric tourism" gone wrong: Who holds responsibility for costs to the Canadian health care system?

AUTHOR(S)
Snyder, Jeremy C.; Silva, Diego S.; Crooks, Valorie A.
PUB. DATE
December 2016
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Surgery;Dec2016, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p369
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Summary: Canadians are motivated to travel abroad for bariatric surgery owing to wait times for care and restrictions on access at home for various reasons. While such surgery abroad is typically paid for privately, if "bariatric tourists" experience complications or have other essential medical needs upon their return to Canada, these costs are borne by the publicly funded health system. In this commentary, we discuss why assigning responsibility for the costs of complications stemming from bariatric tourism is complicated and contextual.
ACCESSION #
119832264

 

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