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Abortion: Foreign Nationals

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 217465, tabled on 6 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing free abortions on the NHS for citizens from (a) other EU countries and (b) non-EU countries under reciprocal healthcare arrangements in each of the last five years.

Answered on

14 February 2019

Abortions provided to women from other European Union countries and non-EU countries are funded privately. The European Health Insurance Card cannot be used for an abortion, unless it is an urgent matter which cannot wait until the person can return home.