Symposium On The Implications Of Medical Tourism For Canadian Health And Health Policy

In order to fully understand the policy issues that surround cross-border care, we are proposing an interdisciplinary symposium with 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. As well this project will identify formal collaboration for future research and to assess the state of evidence with regard to cross-border health care in Canada.

The Symposium will include participation from a number of disciplines and stakeholders such as economics, population health, political economy, law, and commerce (insurance). Stakeholders include health system policy decision-makers and regulators, and patients themselves.


Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada  Research Chair (Globalization and Health Equity)
School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Ivy Bourgeault
Professor, Telfer School of Management and Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa; CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources; Scientific Director of the pan-Ontario Population Health Improvement Research Network and the Ontario Health Human Resource Research Network.

Matthew Sanger
Research associate, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa.

Mohammed Jamal Sharif
Research volunteer at Globalization Health Equity unit.

Nick Drager
Honorary Professor, Global Health Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Professor of Public Policy and Global Health Diplomacy, McGill University; Adjunct Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Senior Fellow, Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Rory Johnston
PhD student in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University.

Jonathan Crush
CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development, Professor Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Professor, Basillie School of International Affairs..

Leigh Turner
Professor, School of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota.

Laura Hopkins
Head, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Deputy Chair, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care, University of Ottawa.

Valorie Crooks
Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University.

Jason Behrmann
Ph.D and post-doctoral work in health policy and LGBT health care, Institute of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill University

Elise Smith
Researcher, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, University of Montreal

Janet Hatcher Roberts
Co Director WHO Collaborating Centre, Knowledge Translation, Technology Assessment for Health Equity Centre for Global Health; Adjunct Professor, SPHEPM, University of Ottawa

Corinne Packer
Researcher, Globalization and Health Equity Unit, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Vivien Runnels
Researcher, Globalization and Health Equity Unit, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Abdullahel Hadi
Former researcher, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa.


Hopkins, L., Labonté, R., Runnels, V., and Packer, C. Medical tourism today: What is the state of existing knowledge? Journal of Public Health Policy, 31(2): 185-198, 2010.

Alsharif, MJ., Labonté, R. and Zuxun, L. Patients beyond borders: A study of medical tourists in four countries, Sage. 2011.