Luxury Hotel Partners With Private Clinic To Offer First Medical Tourism Package in Canada

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The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel has partnered with a private radiology clinic in Quebec City to offer a "medical tourism package," claiming this is the first of its kind in Canada. By partnering with Clinique de Radiologie et Imagerie médicale de la Capitale (RIMC), the hotel says clients will receive "VIP treatment" that includes wait-free access to health professionals and state of-the-art medical equipment. The package is available only to Canadian residents and includes a minimum two-night stay at the hotel, breakfast, and transportation to the clinic seven kilometers away. The price starts at about $800, reports local paper The Province and does not include the cost of medical tests, some of which may be covered by private insurance. Imaging procedures offered include mammography, bone density tests, pulmonary CT scans, abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds, and "virtual colonoscopy" by CT scan. The idea for the package, launched last month, came from the clinic, which was receiving out-of-town clients and wanted to partner with the hotel. The target market is "the business or leisure client that has a busy life and really doesn't have much time to do these types of exams," said hotel spokesperson Genevieve Parent, in an article by The Province. "There might be wait lists where they live as well."