We finally have the opportunity to get a national pharmacare program after decades of delay. But, to maintain the continued federal NDP support needed to make this a reality, Parliament must introduce pharmacare legislation by March 1, 2024. Let’s make sure they do it now and get it right.
Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to table legislation for universal, single-payer pharmacare!
Per capita, Canadians spend more on drugs than any country other than the US, Germany and Malta. Yet, approximately eight million Canadians have no drug coverage at all. The result:
- one in five Canadians struggle to pay for their prescription medications
- three million Canadians are unable to fill their prescriptions
- hundreds of thousands of Canadians are forced to choose medicine over food and heat
The absence of pharmacare in Canada places an unnecessary burden on our already strained health system. According to the “Final report of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare” – the Hoskins Report – universal, single-payer pharmacare would eliminate 220,000 emergency visits and 90,000 hospitalizations, annually.
Tell Prime Minister Trudeau that it’s time for universal, single-payer pharmacare!
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