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Richmond Hospital leads the way as birth tourism continues to rise (SPH + MSJ)

22.1 per cent of all babies born at Richmond Hospital for the last fiscal year were delivered by non-residents of B.C. Photo: Francis Georgian
22.1 per cent of all babies born at Richmond Hospital for the last fiscal year were delivered by non-residents of B.C. Photo: Francis Georgian

Births by non-residents of B.C. increased 24 per cent from the 2016-17 fiscal year to 2017-18, from 676 babies to 837 the following year, according to records obtained through freedom of information requests.

About two per cent of all births in B.C. hospitals are now by non-residents, just as the birthrate among B.C. residents is dropping.

Richmond hospital continues to be at the forefront of the phenomenon, with the total number of babies born to non-residents of B.C. at the hospital rising from 337 in the 2014-15 fiscal year to 474 by 2017-18. Four years ago babies born to non-residents accounted for 15.4 per cent of all births at Richmond Hospital, compared to 22.1 per cent in the last fiscal year.

By comparison, St. Paul’s Hospital and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital — both operated by Providence Health Care — had a combined 132 babies born to non-residents of B.C. in the 2017/18 fiscal year.

Read the full story on the Vancouver Sun.

Story also found on the Western Star and Gananoque Reporter.

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