Health minister says he hopes some provinces will have pharmacare plan in place by end of 2024 – CBC

Alberta, Quebec have already said they will look to opt out of new program

Mar 03, 2024

Federal Health Minister Mark Holland says he hopes some provinces will be able to have the government’s new pharmacare plan in place by the end of the year.

In an interview on Rosemary Barton Live that aired Sunday, Holland said that during his conversations with provincial colleagues, some had expressed major enthusiasm for the program unveiled this week that would cover diabetes medication and contraception.

“It’s going to take time to negotiate these with the provinces,” he told CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton. “We have a couple of provinces who are super eager, want to be on the front lines, want to do this right away. And that, at the same time, allows us to go and negotiate with the other provinces to get this rolling.

“We want to see, for early provinces, folks getting their diabetes medicine covered and contraceptives — we want to see that, hopefully, even by the end of this year.”

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