Provincial Rep Talks Stinging Drug Prices With Niagara Seniors

“As the budget stands today, prescription drug prices are going to nearly double for seniors.”

News from the Office of Niagara Falls Member of Provincial Parliament Wayne Gates

Posted March 7th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates spent the March 5th-6th weekend knocking on doors and visiting retirement homes to talk to residents about the Liberals budget plan to increase prescriptions costs for seniors.

Wayne Gates, provincial member of parliament for the Ontario riding of Niagara Falls.

Wayne Gates, provincial member of parliament for the Ontario riding of Niagara Falls.

“As the budget stands today, prescription drug prices are going to nearly double for seniors” said Gates “Seniors spend their entire lives giving back to our community and then they find out that prices are going through the roof when they retire? I don’t think that’s right.”

In the budget the annual deductible under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program for most seniors will be increased from $100 to $170 and Co-pays will increase from $6.11 to $7.11. Nearly two-thirds of Canadian seniors take 5 or more drugs and numbers show that Ontario seniors need an average of 8 prescriptions for different drugs each year.

“The Premier is going to increase costs for any senior making over $19 500 a year – that puts a lot of seniors at risk. They’re already paying steep hydro and gas bills and struggling to get by. I think seniors deserve more respect than that and I’m bringing these signatures directly to the Premier to show that people want this policy changed.”

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