Hospitals send large bills to women without legal residence in Norway before they give birth

PregnantPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB
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Women without legal residence in Norway receive large invoices from hospitals before giving birth. 

The health center for undocumented migrants in Oslo knows of several examples from recent years of women who have been asked about their ability to pay before giving birth, newspaper Klassekampen writes.

The hospital bills vary from NOK 30,000 kroner to NOK 90,000, despite the fact that the Ministry of Health specified in a circular that the question of solvency should not be addressed in advance.

“The time before, during, and after birth is very vulnerable. Financial stress can not be added on top of that,” Seher Aydar, the Red Party’s (Rødt) candidate for the Storting from Oslo and health policy adviser in the party, noted. She has sent a written question to the Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) on the issue.

She received support from the Socialist Left Party’s (SV) health policy spokesperson Nicholas Wilkinson. He believes the government has not done its job right. Labor Party (AP) representative Hege Haukeland Liadal has also sent a written question to Høie.

The Minister of Health does not want to comment on the matter until he responds to it in the Storting.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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