French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced that contraceptives will become free in the country for women under the age of 25, starting in early 2022.
Ferran said during a television interview that there will be “support for hormonal contraceptives, the biological assessment that can go along with them, prescription contraceptives and all care related to contraception up to 25 years of age.”
He added, “Some young women need contraceptives, and the first reason is the financial circumstances because they are very expensive… It is unacceptable that women have to give up contraceptives.”
Since 2013, young women between the ages of 15 and 18 can get birth control pills and IUDs free of charge from pharmacies, provided they have a prescription.
In 2020, the system was expanded to include minors under the age of 15, but the new decision will expand free contraceptives and will allow, from January 1, 2022, for women up to the age of 25 to financially compensate them for contraceptives and related medical consultations.
According to the minister, this measure will be taken to allow all women to protect themselves without thinking about the cost of this protection, and this step is likely to cost about 21 million euros annually.