(ANSA) – PARIS, 09 SEPT – The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has announced that the age by which the state will fully bear the costs of contraception for women will be raised to 25 years. Currently, Public Health covers the cost of contraception for up to 18 years.
“Hormonal contraception and the tests necessary to prescribe it will be free, but also all the prescribed treatments and methods related to contraception up to the age of 25,” said Véran on the public broadcaster France 2.
In France, all costs for contraception of underage girls are covered by public health, in 2020 the government had already extended the gratuity to children under 15 years of age.
“There is a drop in contraception on the part of some young women and the first reason – complained Véran – is the financial one. It is unacceptable”. The limit was set at 25 years since, the minister said, “it is an age that corresponds, in terms of economic, social and income life” to “greater autonomy”.
For Véran, the measure announced today will cost 21 million euros for the state coffers and will be operational from 1 January 2022. (ANSA).
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