BR Pharmacare Report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Apr 19, 2018 

OTTAWA – A Commons committee has released a report that favours a publicly-funded prescription drug program.

It says a universal pharmacare program would provide better health care to Canadians at a lower cost than the status quo.

Chairman Bill Casey — a Liberal — says Canadians can save money and have better health outcomes with a national pharmacare program.

He said he was surprised to learn just how many Canadians are simply opting to forego important medications that they need for serious health conditions.

Yesterday’s report includes 18 recommendations the committee says could form a blueprint of sorts for a new single-payer, publicly funded prescription drug coverage program for all Canadians.

But there was disagreement among the all-party committee about just how much such a program would cost and how it should be implemented.

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says she fears the costs could be far higher than the 19-billion dollar annual estimate put forward in a recent report by the parliamentary budget officer.

N-D-P member Peter Julian says universal pharma is needed because one in five Canadians can’t afford medication.

(The Canadian Press)

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