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New Zealand launches the first phase of telehealth services for Abortion. From this phase onward, the patients can avail of the service from the practitioners.

New Zealand will be launching the 24/7 telehealth service for abortion in April. Dr. Ayesha Verrall announced the launch of the website “Decide”. The website is going to deal in delivering the required services for abortion. The advice and adequate consultation from the medical practitioners.

It is a revolutionary attempt by New Zealand’s health practitioners. Also, the follow-up process is going to be in detail.

The sexual and reproductive health care provider will be listing the telehealth services. They are into sexual health and abortion services. The health care providers are also from the field of Family Planning and Magma Healthcare.

The telehealth service will begin on 26 April. The referrals and information will soon be available. The second phase will launch from 1 July. Follow-up care and abortion-related counseling will also be available.

The final phase of the telehealth service is going to launch in November. It will also include clinical consultation for early medical abortion (EMA). However, the services will be over the phone and medicine delivery.

Dr. Verrall supported the statement, “Telehealth makes it easier for people to reach the services and support that already exist, particularly those who find it difficult to visit a doctor or clinic.” The launch will also enhance access to abortion support. This service is already provided by District Health Boards.

New Zealand decriminalized abortion in 2020. The Ministry of Health identified EMAs as inaccessible to many. The rate of EMAs rose to 36% from 22% in the same year. The surgical abortion, though, decreased to 59%. It was 72% in abortion.

The national telehealth service also took part in defining the abortion provision. The ministry permitted the use of primary care to use that medication. The government also removed the pertaining restriction on funding abortion.

The digital health enterprise “Women First Digital” collaborated with Doctors Without Borders. The video series answered the questions around medication.