TITLE

Abortion Services Under the National Health Insurance: The Examples of England and France

AUTHOR(S)
Henshaw, Stanley K.
PUB. DATE
March 1994
SOURCE
Family Planning Perspectives;Mar/Apr94, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p87
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the abortion services under national health insurance. National health insurance that covers abortion services could make abortion more accessible to low-and middle-income U. S. women who at present may have difficulty paying for an abortion. At present, aside from the obstacles created by fees and geographic distance from a provider, abortion services are readily available in the U.S. Almost all health care in England and Wales is provided through the National Health Service (NHS), which is financed by taxes. Hospitals are administered directly by the NHS. Specialists are salaried employees of the hospitals, while general practitioners are independent. National policy mandates that local health districts make abortion services available and permits abortions only in hospital is and approved facilities. France has an employer-based national insurance system that covers about 90% of the population. The system consists of one main insurance program and several smaller programs for special groups, such as farm workers, miners and the military. In both England and France, the gaps in the public system are filled by independent, private facilities, some of them operating for profit.
ACCESSION #
9406031530

 

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