Medical and birth tourism

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Updated: February 2024

Medical tourism (including birth tourism) occurs when Canadian physicians are involved in soliciting (including advertising to) non-Canadian residents to come to Canada for the purposes of receiving medical treatment (e.g. abortion services, prescribing, perinatal care).

Physicians have a duty to provide urgent and emergent care to all patients, including non-residents and medical tourists, and CMPA will generally provide assistance in the event a medico-legal case is brought in Canada in response to urgent or emergent care. CMPA assistance becomes complicated when members are involved in soliciting (including advertising to) medical tourists.

We encourage all members who are soliciting (including advertising to) medical tourists to contact us for advice and guidance.

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