HC Deb 29 June 1979 vol 969 c381W
Mr. McNamara

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the cost of medical services to (a) a fully State-insured woman and (b) a non-insured woman of giving birth in each EEC country, Sweden and Norway.

Mrs. Chalker

The information available to me indicates that fully-insured women in these countries receive routine maternity services, covering ante and post-natal examinations and confinement, free except for the following:—Belgium: about 25 per cent. of the cost is charged. Luxembourg: additional costs, not covered by the single payment provided to meet costs, have to be met by the individual.

For non-insured women similar services are available free in Denmark and the United Kingdom. No information is available on what the costs would be in the other countries.