"The total annual health care cost for a (parent or grandparent) immigrant arriving in 2010, over the age of 65, is estimated to be $10,742," officials told Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in an August 2011 memo obtained by lawyer Richard Kurland through an access to information request.
That figure is just for hospital care, and doesn't include the cost of visits to a doctor's office, long-term care, or other social services taxpayers cover through provincial health insurance.
Officials estimate a 65-year-old immigrant will run up more than $160,000 in hospital bills by age 85.
Kurland said it's useful to have these numbers out in public.
"This will serve as intelligent data for an intelligent debate on the affordability of increasing the number of parents coming to Canada," he said.
Kurland said he favours having senior citizen immigrants pay as much as $150,000 up front to help defray health care costs, with provinces deciding if they want to accept seniors who can't afford to pay anything.If mass immigration is being employed as part of some neo-Con conspiracy to financially bust the pubic health care system and help usher in private health care then I say it's doing it's job nicely.
Despite this, Kenney intends to increase the quota for parents and grandparents admissions, at least in the short term, even though this will be extremely costly. Estimating from a recent study of health care costs for the elderly by David Dodge, the former Bank of Canada governor, each sponsorship of a relative aged 65 or more will cost taxpayers about $192,000 over his expected lifespan of 20 years. If Kenney admits all 165,000 in the current backlog, health-care costs will increase by a total of $31.8 billion or $1.6 billion per year.