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Sask. health covers 56 prescriptions of abortion pill, no plans to introduce universal coverage

Six out of 10 Canadian provinces offer universal  coverage for the abortion pill Mifegymiso, but Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health confirms it’s not looking at joining them.

In an email to CBC News, a ministry spokesperson said Mifegymiso or RU-486 is covered the same way as other prescription medications in the province.

“Someone who’s located in Alberta now has better access to abortion. Someone in Saskatchewan still has very patchy access to abortion,” explained Frederique Chabot, director of Health promotion for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.

Currently, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia cover the drug through health plans.

“You get your prescription, you go to the pharmacy and you simply have to show your health card to get your prescription for free,” Chabot said.

She, along with other advocates and doctors, believes Mifegymiso can close the gap in access to abortion services in rural and remote parts of Canada by allowing patients to access it through a family physician instead of having to travel to urban centres.

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