§ 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.