Published on : Saturday, March 10, 2018
Both in terms of export and import, going to other country for medical reasons, or medical tourism, are an emerging industry. For medical assessments and treatments that are less expensive, U.S. citizens may travel abroad. Patients with good mean come to the U.S. to get high-quality services that may not be obtainable abroad. Paying full expense for the services offers a healthy stream of profits for U.S. healthcare facilities.
However, for a particular type of medical tourist, first-class medical treatment is not the only attraction. As one of a few nations that offer citizenship to any person born on American soil, a cottage industry has been build up around birth tourism. Pregnant women from countries like China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico are coming to the US in thousands each year to give birth to U.S. citizens.
Even though President Donald Trump has railed against “anchor babies,” there is no such rule that forbids foreign nationals from entering to the U.S. to give birth. Despite the fact that many end up committing immigration fraud by lying about their purpose of visit to enter or obtain an appropriate visa.
Few who visit U.S. to give birth find themselves in less than perfect situations (in terms of housing and medical care) and might even put their child at medical risk. However, for the rich, birth tourism can be a luxurious semi-vacation. It can be an investment in the future for their babies and their families. Advertised online, spending around $80,000 for birth tourism packages, these would be mothers also visit shopping centers and restaurants. They contribute to the financial system in the areas where they gather together, particularly in California, New York, and Florida.