‘Discriminatory’: Thousands of women on the Pill out-of-pocket

Leading endocrinologist says many younger women are being forced to spend hundreds of dollars every year on their combined oral contraceptives
Jocelyn Wright

About one-third of Australian women taking the oral contraceptive pill are being discriminated against because their prescribed pill is not on the PBS, a leading endocrinologist says.

Professor Susan Davis, director of the women’s health research program at Monash University, says the lack of subsidised third- or fourth-generation combined oral contraceptive (COC) pills on the PBS is “discriminatory”.