An abortion pill that once cost women $350, will now be available for free in one Canadian province starting this November.
Kelly Regan, the minister responsible for the status of women, announced Friday morning, that Nova Scotia women will now able to get the Mifegymiso abortion pill for free by prescription this fall, as the province wants to support more choices for women.
Nova Scotia women with a valid health card and a Mifegymiso prescription will be able to get the $350 drug at no cost at pharmacies, which will end up costing the province anywhere between $175,000 and $200,000 per year.
“Women will now be able to get the entire cost of it covered,” said Regan. “If they already have a health benefits plan we would ask them to use that and then any remainder the government will cover. If they don’t have a health plan we will cover that cost.”
Ragen also announced that the province will also be eliminating the need for women to require a physician's referral in order to obtain a surgical abortion. Women will now be able to refer themselves to the unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Nova Scotia isn't the only province to cover the cost of this costly pill. New Brunswick, Ontario, and Alberta also cover Mifegymiso, and the Quebec government is now looking to offer this service soon.
The drug can medically terminate an early pregnancy of up to 49 days.
Source: The Toronto Star