Birth tourism impacting the Canadian healthcare system
Birth tourism is a serious financial burden for the Canadian healthcare system. The practice of birth tourism is concentrated in several hospitals in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
At the Richmond Hospital in BC, non-residents make up almost a quarter of all births. According to documents released through freedom of information, 1,300 of the 2,206 babies at Richmond Hospital born to non-residents since 2014.
Most of these children leave Canada immediately after receiving a Canadian passport. Birth tourism affects the integrity of the medical system and the sense of justice, he adds.
Also, some of these patients fail to pay hospital and doctor bills, leaving taxpayers and individual care providers on the hook.