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Out of Country Care

Our Out of Country Care MPD grant, Symposium on Cross-border Health Care was funded by Provincial/ Territorial Health Insurance Plans and looked at provisions in health insurance plans for out-of-province or out-of-country care (cross-border care). Cross-border care appears to be a growing issue for Canadians and Canadian health policy makers concerned, on the one hand, with excessive waiting times and with the use of public funds for costly out-of-country care. A comprehensive review of all the issues raised in cross-border health care funded by provincial/territorial health insurance, including volume and costs, is proposed. We also propose to host an interdisciplinary symposium gathering key stakeholders to determine the state of knowledge in Canada with regard to cross-border care and to identify priorities for research and knowledge translation activities in this area.