Victoria set to offer no-cost abortion pill

By Greg Fry
January 2, 2018 - 3:54pm Updated: January 2, 2018 - 7:32pm

KAMLOOPS — Starting Jan. 15, 2018, the B.C. government will start providing universal, no-cost coverage for the abortion pill RU-486.

The drug can be used to terminate pregnancies at an early stage - up to nine weeks from the start of the last menstrual period.

Victoria says PharmaCare has been covering the drug since last July but some patients may still face an out-of-pocket expense depending on their plan.

Currently, the out-of-pocket cost for the drug for people without PharmaCare is about $300.

The government says that removing the cost barrier helps ensure that people can access this "safe, legal and available option" if they choose.

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