Heard this on NPR yesterday. My first thought: "Obamacare requires Health Insurance companies to pay 100%, no co-pay, of birth control for women. How will this affect profits for the BC manufacturers?"
Cynical? Perhaps. However, anyone followig Birth Control know that some side effects can be lethal.
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Here's an OTC Birth Control justification:
The Affordable Care Act, beginning in August and Jan, 2013 (depending on a few details) requires Health Care Insurers to provide birth control WITH NO CO-PAYS.
So what could OTC Birth Control pills cost? About $2.00 a day according to the price list below
These are the prices for birth control at the #1 Birth Control pharmacy.So, now that birth control is 100% affordable, OB-GYNs are recommending that BC be moved from a prescription medicine, to over-the-counter?
63 tabs (21x3) - USD $65
$21.67 / month CAD $76 | GBP £33 | EUR €49
84 tabs (28x3) - USD $76 CAD $89 | GBP £39 | EUR €57
84 tabs - USD $73 CAD $85 | GBP £37 | EUR €55
84 tabs - USD $65 CAD $76 | GBP £33 | EUR €49
126 tabs - USD $89 CAD $104 | GBP £46 | EUR €67
96 tabs - USD $219 CAD $257 | GBP £113 | EUR €165
1 pack (2 tabs) - USD $42
Free Shipping CAD $49 | GBP £22 | EUR €32
168 Tablets (6 Packs of 28) - USD $79 CAD $93 | GBP £41 | EUR €60
18 patches - USD $215
$35.83 / month CAD $252 | GBP £110 | EUR €162
Ortho Tri-cyclen 21
63 tabs - USD $69 CAD $81 | GBP £35 | EUR €52
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo 28
28 tabs - USD $38 CAD $44 | GBP £19 | EUR €29
63 tabs - USD $89 CAD $104 | GBP £46 | EUR €67
Ortho Tri-cyclen 28
84 tabs - USD $69 CAD $81 | GBP £35 | EUR €52
Ortho 777 21
63 tabs (21x3) - USD $67 CAD $78 | GBP £34 | EUR €50
63 tabs - USD $52
CAD $61 | GBP £27 | EUR €39
1 ring - USD $40
3 ring - USD $90 CAD $105 | GBP £46 | EUR €68
63 tabs - USD $79 CAD $92 | GBP £41 | EUR €59
Am I the only cynic in the room? The timing of this change of heart by the OB-GYNs seems odd to me.
More about birth control and the The Affordable Care Act from Planned Parenthood
Here's what I don't understand. I don't think anyone, if asked, would say they LIKE abortion; however, many of these same people are adamant, vocal, sometimes even murderous about abortion, while I think a majority of people feel that they have no right to dictate this emotional decision for others.
That said, access to free birth control has proven to reduce abortions.
Honestly, it makes my brain hurt trying to square the conflicting No Abortion, No Birth Control crowds thinking. The Pope is very anti-birthcontrol.
Excuse me, but these MEN don't have wombs. How is it acceptable that they think they have ANY right to dictate the terms of women's bodies? lives?
Women in America FINALLY have access to free birth control, if they can afford the doctor's visit or take advantage of clinics/services like Planned Parenthood, and the OB-GYNs are pushing to move the market to Over-The-Counter, an unaffordable alternative for too many women.
Head spinning proposal in my opinion.
Birth Control requires medical monitoring, as each woman has a different reaction to different BC products.
And YAZ is suspected by many to even cause death:
More than 190 American women may have died as a result of the potential side effects of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, according to an organization devoted to curbing corporate misbehavior by Bayer.We lost a friend that was taking Yaz, btw. Coincidence?
There are many lawsuits, as a matter of fact.
Yaz Lawsuit Information
If birth control becomes an OTC product, how will young women be monitored? Who will guide them to make a good choice for them, who will have liability if a product is proven harmful? Are the OB-GYNs prescribing YAZ culpable if they lose a patient?
There are just too many questions, too many risks, and too much proof that Birth Control is a powerful drug and its use requires interaction between a woman and her doctor.