Our American friends are debating whether Health Care is a human right, but Canadians decided that it was long ago. Which is why it is bizarre that, of all the countries with Universal Health Care, Canada is the only country that doesn’t have Universal Pharmacare!
It has been estimated that Universal public drug coverage would:
- reduce total spending on prescription drugs in Canada by $7.3 billion
- save the Private Sector $8.2 billion
- increase costs to government $1.0 billion
“Overall, it estimates a universal pharmacare plan would save up to $11.4 billion a year, with $1 billion of that saved just by no longer duplicating administrative costs in the current “patchwork” system.”
However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal Government have more important things to worry about than the health of its citizens, so the Ontario Liberals Government has stepped up to the plate with an intention to add publicly funded pharmacare coverage for children and youth ~ adding to the patchwork system.
“Because Ontario is adding universal, comprehensive pharmacare coverage to the age group that uses medicines least often. Many working-age Ontarians, who are far more likely to require medicines than children, will still be uninsured.”
Town Hall Meeting
This Wednesday, June 28th, the new KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians is hosting a Pharmacare Town Hall Meeting from 7 – 9pm at First United Church in Waterloo (map). The Panel Discussion will include Dr. Sherilyn Houle (UW School of Pharmacy), Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife will be representing the NDP, and our own Stacey Danckert will represent the Greens. Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini (a pharmacist before going into politics) was supposed to be there representing the Liberal Party but backed out.
With a provincial election in the offing, this should be a lively event. We hope to see you there!
Sign The Petition
Until July 13th you can sign Steve Morgan’s ePetition E-959 (HEALTH CARE SERVICES)
which calls upon the Government of Canada to:1. Implement through a Federal law, a Pan-Canadian Universal Pharmacare Plan, in this 42nd Parliament; and2. Implement a National Formulary for medically necessary drugs including a drug monitoring agency providing regulations and oversight to protect Canadians.
For more information download the PDFs of the Pharmacare studies:
[largely reprinted from WRGreens “Pharmacare Town Hall Wednesday!“]