Julie Munro of MTQUA highlights the latest laws and trends in fertility tourism. Chinese medical tourists are already the single largest group using birth right tourism.
When looking at overall trends for 2016, Julie Munro of the Medical Travel Quality Alliance highlights the latest laws and trends in fertility tourism.
“The demand by medical tourists for in vitro fertilization IVF, gender selection, commercial surrogacy, and birthing places keeps growing. After Thailand and India restricted commercial surrogacy, some surrogacy agencies moved operations to Cambodia and Nepal. In late 2015, Nepal and Mexico – which had allowed commercial surrogacy in the state of Tabasco – made surrogacy illegal.
Surrogacy tourism to Russia, Ukraine and Georgia where commercial surrogacy is not restricted is expected to grow. Canada and the US may also benefit from this.”
Munro adds a special mention on China: “Since the Chinese government removed its one-family one-child policy last year, many Chinese parents will want more children. Their need for IVF services and commercial surrogacy, neither of which are trusted services at home, and foreign birthrights may create a medical tourism baby boom. Chinese medical tourists are already the single largest group using birth right tourism and prefer the US, Hong Kong and Canada to give birth.
Anchor babies describes children purposely born in a foreign country that gives citizenship as a birthright. Among the countries that do this are the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and at least 20 others. In the future, we can expect medical tourist interest in three-person embryo procedures pioneered by the UK and the USA.”