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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The fees charged by NB pharmacists for birth control will be covered by Medicare

Medicare will pay the fees charged by New Brunswick pharmacists for birth control.

Key Takeaways:

  • As per the New Brunswick govt, Medicare will now cover the costs of prescription birth control, as well as the screening and treatment of shingles patients.

According to the government of New Brunswick, Medicare will now pay prices that pharmacies charge for prescription birth control to patients, as well as screening and treating shingles sufferers.

In a press release on Tuesday, the govt stated that the goal is to “lower wait times, enhance access to primary care, and relieve the burden on other healthcare service providers.”

According to Health Minister Dorothy Shephard, the present paradigm for primary health care in the province is ” outdated and leaves too many New Brunswickers without access.”

“Expanding the role of pharmacists and other healthcare providers will significantly impact changing our system so that people may get the treatment they need no matter where they enter the system,” Shephard said.

According to the press release, patients will still be responsible for pharmacy dispensing costs and the cost of prescription medications, as well as any injection fees.

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According to Andrew Drover, president of the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association, publically supporting these treatments will “increase access to care for women maintaining their reproductive health and anyone suffering from shingles.”

“Pharmacists are important, accessible healthcare practitioners who can help New Brunswick change primary care,” said Drover. “We’re excited to see how pharmacists can assist relieve the pressure on family physicians and emergency rooms while also making it easier for patients to get the treatment they need.”

Fees charged by pharmacists for mild ailments vary by pharmacy but are generally between $20 and $25.

Source: Global News

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