Why most eligible women still opt for surgical abortion

The $560 upfront cost of a medical abortion means most women seeking termination of pregnancy are still opting for surgical abortion, an Australian study shows.

Three years after mifepristone/misoprostol combination was listed on the PBS, only about 25% of eligible women choose medical abortion over surgical abortion, a survey carried out at 14 Marie Stopes clinics has found.

Although the medications cost about $38, additional charges for multiple consultations, ultrasounds and blood tests mean women face similar out-of-pockets costs for medical and surgical abortion, according to the survey of