Four surgeries you can get in the US (and how to book them)

Four surgeries you can get in the US (and how to book them)

When you need surgery, no wait time is short enough

Four surguries you can get in the US (and how to book them)

In 2012, 15,000 Ontarians travelled outside Canada for ­medical procedures. Speedy treatment is the draw: wait times for surgery in the U.S. are largely determined by how fast you can get your diagnostic paperwork in order. A half-dozen Canadian ­companies, like Vancouver’s Timely Medical Alternatives and Winnipeg’s CanAmericaHealth, act as cross-border health care brokers. They take a finder’s fee from the hospital, not the patient, and some even schedule appointments. Here, the four most common cross-border procedures.


Hip Replacement
HIP REPLACEMENT

Ontario wait time: 35 weeks
U.S. wait time: Two to three weeks
Price: From $19,500


Knee Replacement
KNEE REPLACEMENT

Ontario wait time: 30 weeks
U.S. wait time: Two to three weeks
Price: From $18,000


Spinal Surgery
SPINAL SURGERY

Ontario wait time: 30 weeks
U.S. wait time: Two to three weeks
Price: From $7,000


Cardiac Surgery
CARDIAC SURGERY

Ontario wait time: Six weeks
U.S. wait time: Two to three weeks
Price: From $33,000