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Free contraception for women has been extended to those aged 32-35

Aine Gillespie
Aine Gillespie

11:22 1 Jul 2024

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The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced the roll out of free contraceptives' for women in the 32 to 35 age group.

It means all women aged from 17 to 35 are now covered under the scheme.

€48 million has been invested so far with more than 189 thousand women accessing services since it's announcement.

The initiative was first introduced in September 2022 and covers the cost of GP's, family planning, student health and primary care centers.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says he'd like the extend the scheme to cover all women.

"Ultimately what I'd love to do is make the free contraception scheme available to all women from the age of 16 or 17 up, because it costs so much money to fund. The hope would be that it would be available for all women and it's an important step today to move up now and include 32, 33, 34 and 35 as well."


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