Constitutional Court to deal with hospital charges for fathers


The Constitutional Court will examine whether hospitals have the right to charge fathers for being present at the birth of their children. This follows a complaint by lawyer Martin Cypris who says the payments demanded are illegal. Some hospitals have stopped charging fathers who want to be p[resent at births following a 2012 law on hospital services. Some hospitals though have continued the practice. Courts in the past have ruled both for families and hospitals on the question. The health minister has defended charges, but only if the really reflect extra costs.