Dutch contraceptive plan attracts criticism

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:487

The Netherlands, which boasts the lowest abortion rates in the world, is set to remove the contraceptive pill for adult women from its basic health insurance package. The proposal, in which the pill would no longer be regarded as a basic health need, has been attacked by experts in contraception as a naive political decision that will lead to an increase in abortions.

It is the second blow to contraceptive services in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Health has already announced that by 1996 it will end its pounds sterling2.2m funding for the family planning advisory body, the Rutgers Stichting.

Health secretary Professor Els Borst-Eilers last week supported the proposal that women over the age of 18 …

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