The Time to Push for National Pharmacare in Canada is Now!

Need for Universal Drug Plan should be one of the most pressing issues facing Canadians in this federal election year

A New Report from the Broadbent Institute

Posted January 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

This January the Broadbent Institute released a significant new report, ‘Charting the Path to National Pharmacare in Canada‘, concerning what we expect will be one of the most pressing issues facing Canadians in this election year.

Right now, about 7.5 million Canadians are not taking the medications they need because they can’t afford them, and it’s been estimated that around 700,000 Canadians skip buying groceries to pay for their medications that currently aren’t covered.

Additionally, Canadians are at risk of paying three-to-five times more for the same drug than residents in countries with truly universal and comprehensive Pharmacare plans.

A single payer Pharmacare plan is needed for all Canadians to have access to good health.

Now we need your help, there are two actions you could take right now to further our efforts to make 2019 the pivotal year for Pharmacare.

ACTION #1 – Share our Report

It’s not enough that there is strong public support for a single payer national drug plan, we have to break through the distractions and make sure the politicians know this issue is a priority. With one click you can help spread the word about this important report to your Twitter or Facebook community.

ACTION #2 – Support research at the Broadbent Institute

If you’d like to see more of this kind of research, the kind that makes a difference, please consider contributing directly to our research funds at the Broadbent Institute. Your investment in our work can be processed as one time payment or spread out with a monthly gift.

Thanks for all of your help!

— Katrina Miller
Program Director, Broadbent Institute

To read the Broadbent Institute’s full report on why Canada needs National Pharmacare, click on – https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/broadbent/pages/7296/attachments/original/1547054742/National_Pharmacare_Report_-_Final.pdf?1547054742 .

About the Broadbent Institute – The Broadbent Institute is Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

For more information on the Broadbent Institute, click onwww.broadbentinstitute.ca/ .

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One response to “The Time to Push for National Pharmacare in Canada is Now!

  1. Gary Screaton Page

    Even more pressing is putting a stop to drug company kickbacks to pharmacies for pushing the former’s meds upon patients. No wonder Ontario specifically, and Canada generally, have some of the highest drug costs in the world! Stop kickbacks now. They are illegal already! Enforce the law.

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