LABIS: Many foreigners falsify documents when they give birth with the hope that their child will obtain citizenship.
Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said that besides falsifying documents, many foreigners failed to settle their medical fees at public hospitals.
Last year, some 338,000 foreigners sought outpatient treatment while 67,000 required in-patient treatment.
Sabah recorded the highest number of foreigners seeking in-patient treatment, with hospitals in Lahad Datu and Tawau recording 30% foreign patients.
Most of them were admitted for delivery, Dr Chua told reporters.
He said RM136mil was spent to subsidise healthcare for foreigners last year, while the total medical debt incurred by them was RM12mil.
There were also instances where employers sent their foreign workers to hospitals but disappeared after that as they did not want to foot the bill, he said.
Dr Chua added that he had brought the matter to the Cabinet and the Health Ministry would work together with the Human Resources Ministry to combat the issue.
Asked if hospital staff would be trained to watch out for false documents, he said: The hospitals job is to provide health services and not to play detective.
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