Cash and medical benefits for maternity
The Maternity Protection Convention (No. 103) of 1952 provides that, while a woman is away from work on maternity leave, she is entitled to cash benefits sufficient to pay for the full and healthy maintenance of herself and the child at a suitable standard of living. She is also entitled to medical benefits, including pre-natal, confinement and post-natal care, as well as hospital care when necessary. It should be possible for her to choose a doctor freely, and also to choose between a public and a private hospital.
Cash benefits are to be provided either by means of compulsory social insurance or from public funds. When cash benefits are provided through compulsory social insurance schemes and are based on earnings, they should be not less than two-thirds of the woman's previous earnings taken into account for computing benefits. The employer should not be individually liable for the cost of these benefits.
→ see also Maternity leave, Maternity protection and Radiation protection
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