Desert Regional’s Canada Card Program

“My hip was really bothering me,” said Green. “I had borrowed some crutches from a neighbor and was using them and a cane to hobble around. It was really painful.”

Within the Canadian healthcare system, he said, his process would have involved waiting 3 to 4 months just for a consultation and another 6 to 12 months for the surgery.

With nothing he could do but wait, Green and his wife continued with the plans they had made to visit Palm Springs for the winter. While in town, a neighbor told him about Desert Regional Medical Center and a minimally invasive technique for hip replacement with a shorter hospital stay and more immediate service.

“No one should have to wait a year for what is probably incorrectly called elective surgery,” said Green. “And the hospital in Canada is still performing the old-style hip replacement surgery.”

Green called the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences at Desert Regional Medical Center and learned about their Canada Card Program, which offers prompt healthcare access to Canadians on a discounted cash basis. Green chose to have a minimally-invasive hip replacement at Desert Regional. After a short procedure, he was in the hospital just one night and out the door the next day. In just two days he was walking without any assistance—not even a walker.

“To have no pain now is unbelievable. I’m not even a month into it and I still can’t believe it,” he said. “I mean, I’m living proof that you can walk around literally right after the surgery.”