Flocking South for the Winter: Exploring Health Care Use by Canadian International Retirement Migrants While Abroad

Dec 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Valorie Crooks

Every year many thousands of older Canadians opt to spend weeks or months of the winter abroad. While they are often in search of a warmer climate and active social network, it is inevitable that many will need to access health care while abroad. In this presentation I will share the findings of a series of international analyses that support my developing qualitative research program that is exploring Canadians' involvement in this mobility and the implications for health care use, both at home and abroad, and ultimately health.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the factors that motivate Canadians to participate in international retirement migration, including those pertaining to health and health care
  • Gain awareness of the opportunities and challenges faced abroad of treating older Canadian patients who are short-term visitors
  • Understand how older Canadians are viewed as a valuable patient or consumer market for health-related products, including pharmaceuticals, in international retirement migrant destinations