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'We're holding up a floodgate': B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists

'We're holding up a floodgate': B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists

Posted by ACH2015 on Feb 10, 2019 8:30 am

"It's a sobering reminder for those who travel abroad for medical treatments, whether it's to skip the surgery wait list in B.C., access therapies that aren't approved in Canada or save money on cosmetic therapy. Some of the top destinations for medical tourists from around the world include India, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Turkey, according to the Medical Tourism Association.

It means patients need to do serious research on the facilities they're considering for surgeries or other treatments abroad, including looking for objective information about the presence of any drug-resistant microorganisms.

The risks involved in medical tourism aren't just personal. Having surgery abroad could also mean bringing back a drug-resistant superbug and putting people in this country at risk, B.C. officials warn."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/we-re-holding-up-a-floodgate-b-c-fights-off-superbugs-brought-home-by-medical-tourists-1.5007133"

More than just your current situation, wait times, cost etc... to consider when traveling abroad for medical treatments. What you come into contact with and bring home during that visit can have unknown and life threatening ramifications for many. It's not so simple as wiping everything down with Lysol Wipes, like in your hotel room. Drug resistant microorganism's are on the rise, and not every country is equal in their reporting and due diligence in hospital settings.

Weigh the pros and cons - and do some research. Perhaps waiting isn't such a bad thing.

ACH2015 - Andy.

Re: 'We're holding up a floodgate': B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists

Posted by ChristineH on Feb 11, 2019 6:13 am

Great article and excellent reminder. Thank you for sharing. 
“Never a horse, always a zebra”