Prescription birth control will soon be free in B.C. Here’s what you need to know – CBC

Birth control will still not be available over the counter

Mar 01, 2023

British Columbia is soon to become the first jurisdiction in Canada to make prescription birth control free to its residents.

Here’s what you need to know — from what’s covered to who’s covered.

What will be covered?
Starting April 1, the province said it will cover the following prescription contraceptives:

Oral hormone pills, commonly known as the pill.
Subdermal (under-the-skin) injections and implants.
Copper and hormonal intrauterine devices, also known as IUDs.
Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill.
Free prescription contraception will also be made available to men, including trans men.

Vasectomies have already been covered for years by B.C. MSP, or the Medical Services Plan.

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