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RNAO works to make national pharmacare a reality

For years, RNAO has long advocated for a national pharmacare program that covers all medically necessary drugs at no cost to Canadians.

As a result, the federal government is moving forward with a national pharmcare program and is conducting a national consultation on how to implement affordable national pharmacare for Canadians and their families.

RNAO submitted a response in September answering the consultation questions such as who should be covered and how should national pharmacare be delivered. In addition, RNAO outlined the following recommendations.

1. Establish a national pharmacare program that covers all medically necessary drugs at no cost to Canadians, guided by the principles of the Canada Health Act (public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability and accessibility).
2. Make that pharmacare program universally accessible, with first-dollar coverage so that there are no deductibles, copayments or other user fees.
3. Transition immediately to full coverage of all Canadians and of all medically necessary drugs, with no phase-in.

For the full list of recommendations and answers to the consultation questions, please read our submission.

RNAO also issued an action alert calling on the government to implement a national pharmacare program that is universal, accessible and comprehensive. Please sign our action alert to show your support.

To share your thoughts and ideas on what a national drug plan could look like. Please go to letstalkhealth.ca.

Last Updated: 
2018-09-28