Nova Scotia health minister refuses 'quick fix' …

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s health minister says he won’t step in to fix a payment issue that’s stopping doctors in the province from prescribing the abortion pill.

Randy Delorey said Thursday physicians have requested a new billing code to prescribe Mifegymiso, a publicly funded two-drug combination used to terminate an early pregnancy.

The province’s fee committee — made up of representatives of Doctors Nova Scotia, physicians and the department — has expedited the review of an application for a specific code for prescribing the abortion pill, he said.

“There has been a request for consideration of a mechanism to provide additional compensation … that’s being considered by the joint committee,” Delorey said. “The drug is available and can be prescribed.”

However, the abortion pill remains largely out of reach of most women in Nova Scotia.

Physicians have said the existing billing structure doesn’t adequately compensate them for the time involved with counselling patients, providing education about options, and ordering multiple tests before prescribing Mifegymiso.

The outcome is that most women in Nova Scotia currently cannot access the abortion…

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