In support of the City Council's Strategic Plan Economic Development goals, the City of Surprise has been building relationships in the Greater Toronto market. Why Canada?
Through these relationships, the Surprise Economic Development Department uncovered incredible potential for partnerships, business expansion and cross-border healthcare and innovation collaboration.
More than 63,000 Canadians reported leaving Canada for non-emergency medical care in a 2017 report, with wait times in Canada cited as the primary reason. A 2016 report issued by VISA and Oxford Economics, valued the Medical Tourism industry at a $100 billion, with up to 25% year-over-year growth rate for the next 10 years!
We want Surprise to be a place that actively invites our Canadian friends to visit, refresh, rehabilitate and enjoy our family-friendly community in Arizona offering small town hospitality with access to all of the major amenities - including their Canadian health insurance!
To further explore this initiative, in February 2017, Mayor Sharon Wolcott announced plans to create the Surprise-Canada Cross Border Healthcare Task Force. Co-chaired by Marc Kealey, CEO of Kealey and Associates and City of Surprise Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic, the task force includes members from the healthcare, legal and development sectors.
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