Simon Fraser University research team coming to Barbados
Dear Barbados Free Press,
I am part of a research team from Simon Fraser University, near Vancouver, Canada, that is researching medical tourism – that is, international travel with the intention of receiving medical care. As you may know, international patients, including Canadians, are traveling to Barbados to engage in medical tourism. Many questions are raised by this process, including what steps Barbados has taken to encourage and regulate this industry, how this industry has developed in Barbados, what effects this industry is having in Barbados, how many Canadians are traveling to Barbados and for what procedures, and whether Canadians are investing in the medical tourism industry in Barbados.
To address these questions, my colleagues Valorie Crooks, Rory Johnston, Leigh Turner and I will be visiting Barbados from April 26 – May 2, 2011 to conduct interviews with ‘medical tourism stakeholders’. We would like to invite you to participate in an interview during our time there in order to better understand the scope and effects of medical tourism in Barbados and the role of Canadians in this industry. The interview can be conducted in the location of your choice and is expected to last 1 ½ hours. With your permission it will be digitally recorded. To recognize your valuable contribution to knowledge, a $50 Canadian honorarium will be provided upon completion of the interview.
If you are interested in meeting with us and participating in the interview, please let me know when during April 26 – May 2 you would be available. If you decide to participate in an interview I will send you more details, including an overview of your rights as a participant in this research study.
If you know of any others who you think should be interviewed about medical tourism in Barbados, please feel free to share this email with them or to pass along their contact information with their permission.
— Assistant Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Blusson Hall 10516
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6 CANADA