Big Rise in Cost of Birth Control on Campuses


  1. in health centers at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, young women are paying sharply higher prices for prescription contraceptives because of a change in federal law.

    the increases have meant that some students using popular [color=#004276]birth control pills and other products are paying three and four times as much as they did several months ago. the higher prices have also affected about 400 community health centers nationwide used by poor women.

    the change is due to a provision in a federal law that ended a practice by which drug manufacturers provided prescription [color=#004276]contraception to the health centers at deeply discounted rates. the centers then passed along the savings to students and others.

    "the potential is that women will stop taking it, and whether or not you can pay for it, that doesn't mean that you'll stop having sex," said katie ryan, a senior at the university of north dakota in grand forks, who said that the monthly cost of her ortho tri-cyclen lo, a popular birth control pill, recently jumped to nearly $50 from $12.

    source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/he...tml?ref=health accessed today.
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  2. 116 Comments

  3. by   Faeriewand
    What a shame. How much cheaper it is to provide birth control than to provide for pregnancy, birth, and the baby, child, child care etc.

    I think birth control should be free nationwide. Worldwide. (but that's my perfect world)
  4. by   CRNA2007
    Birth control is free nationwide. It's called abstinence.


    Quote from Faeriewand
    What a shame. How much cheaper it is to provide birth control than to provide for pregnancy, birth, and the baby, child, child care etc.

    I think birth control should be free nationwide. Worldwide. (but that's my perfect world)
  5. by   chocokitten
    Quote from CRNA2007
    Birth control is free nationwide. It's called abstinence.
    what about the college students that are married? I'm sure their husbands would be quite put-out. Let's not over-simplify a complex issue
  6. by   Xbox Live Addict
    Quote from CRNA2007
    Birth control is free nationwide. It's called abstinence.
    <sigh> That would be optimal. But I'm not really one to talk either.

    It's a free country, people have the freedom to do what they want in this matter. However, both women AND men should be prepared to accept the consequences of their actions, for better or worse, and they should be expected to do so.
  7. by   Jolie
    So now college students who are sexually active and have previously benefitted from subsidized birth control will have exercise judgement and determine how to compensate for the increased cost of their prescriptions. Just like responsible adults do all the time. Welcome to the real world!
  8. by   Xbox Live Addict
    Quote from chocokitten
    what about the college students that are married? I'm sure their husbands would be quite put-out. Let's not over-simplify a complex issue
    I am a married college student, and my wife and I have to pay our own way, both for tuition and health care.
  9. by   chocokitten
    Quote from Andreas
    I am a married college student, and my wife and I have to pay our own way, both for tuition and health care.
    ditto! exactly. Just because you are in school does not mean you are unmarried, and just because you are married does not mean you have the financial means to pay for birth control.
  10. by   Mitchs_nurse_07
    i am on birth control and i never heard of paying that much for birthcontrol but i think they should make birth control free cause there are some people out there that are poor and should be on birth control but dont really have the money to pay for birth control and i right or wroung?
  11. by   Mitchs_nurse_07
    Quote from Faeriewand
    What a shame. How much cheaper it is to provide birth control than to provide for pregnancy, birth, and the baby, child, child care etc.

    I think birth control should be free nationwide. Worldwide. (but that's my perfect world)
    i agree with u
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    Not only is abstinence unrealistic for preventing unwanted pregnancy and abortion it is not conducive to a happy marriage.

    When I hear people promote abstinence I wonder how many children they have.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from spacenurse
    Not only is abstinence unrealistic for preventing unwanted pregnancy and abortion it is not conducive to a happy marriage.

    When I hear people promote abstinence I wonder how many children they have.
    4!

    And I've got to feed them too so I'd like free groceries.

    Seriously, people say "free" but it isn't free. It comes from money the government takes from our hard earned paychecks.

    And if you are going to leap into a sexual relationship, with all the adult consequences, you should at the very least pay for birth control and use it.

    Don't ask me to pay for it for you.

    steph (mean old conservative).
  14. by   chocokitten
    Quote from mitchs_nurse_07
    i am on birth control and i never heard of paying that much for birthcontrol but i think they should make birth control free cause there are some people out there that are poor and should be on birth control but dont really have the money to pay for birth control and i right or wroung?
    i used to pay $30 for my birth control (ortha evra) cause there was no generic however, i finally went to planned parenthood, and based on my income got it for free. this depends on where you live, what resources are available, and also on how much you make. going to school can be a big drain on the coffers even if you make a good amount of money, so you may have the income to not qualify for these services, but still not be able to afford bc pills.

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