Gerd Trubenbach of British Columbia was diagnosed with cancer, as a huge tumor was growing in his neck. His family doctor suggested that the tumor could not be removed and there was nothing else that could be done. The wait time to see an oncologist was eight weeks. Trubenbach’s Korean wife was furious with this delay and flew Gerd to South Korea. By the time they arrived, the tumor had more than doubled in size and required a 12-hour procedure to be removed. The procedure would not have been as complicated if it had been done sooner. Trubenbach left Canada for treatment because he says the healthcare system there is too slow. He ended up paying $8,000 and was declared cancer free after 100 days in the Korean hospital receiving radiation and chemotherapy.
Clancy, Natalie. “Gerd Trubenbach says flying to Korea for cancer surgery was his only hope.” British Columbia News. CBCNews, 20 May 2015. Web. 21 May 2015.