Macau (MNA) – The number of birth deliveries in the Public Hospital Conde de São Januário (CHCSJ) by non-residents has dropped 10 per cent year-on-year to 160 during the period between June and August, the latest data provided to Macau News Agency (MNA) by the Health Bureau (SS) reveal.
Of the total, the number of deliveries recorded during the period in Macau’s only public hospital in which the father is equally a non-resident plunged 71.4 per cent.
Non-residents are people with no legal residency or working status in Macau.
On June 1, 2018, a dispatch authorized by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam Chon Weng, defining new fees for childbirth in the public hospital was enacted.
The new regulation has defined a ninefold increase in the price of childbirth services for non-resident workers (blue card holders) and non-resident pregnant women who come to the city to give birth. But because the base-rate upon which the increase was calculated was different from the start, services continue to be more expensive for non-residents.
Childbirth services for local domestic workers considered to be under the poverty line – set at MOP4,550 (US$563) – have only increased threefold.
Overall, the number of deliveries in the public hospital by women with no residency status in Macau – non-resident workers and non-residents combined – has increased 13.4 per cent between June and August when compared to the previous period spanning March to May.
Still according to the Bureau, the number of deliveries in which the father was also a non-resident dropped, however, some 13.7 per cent during the period under review.