NAFTA renegotiations threaten Canada’s steps toward pharmacare

Canada must both defend the existing public health-care system as well protect its aspirations to creating a better one

NAFTA renegotiations threaten Canada’s steps toward pharmacareBy Ruth Lopert George Washington University and Steve Morgan University of British Columbia A “modernized NAFTA” has significant implications for many sectors of the economy, including health care. What’s at stake? Canadians’ right to universal access to affordable medicines. When negotiating with the U.S. and Mexico, Canadian trade and health officials would be well advised to…

Why Canada needs universal pharmacare and how to make it happen

Prescription drug coverage for all would save lives, save billions of dollars, help businesses – and make our incomplete health system whole

Why Canada needs universal pharmacare and how to make it happenOntario plans to provide a publicly-funded pharmacare system for children and youth in Ontario. It’s a small step in the right direction and, arguably, most important for its symbolism in a national debate. Why just a small step? Because Ontario’s recently-announced plan will provide universal, comprehensive prescription medication coverage to the age group that uses medicines least often.…

Catastrophic pharmacare is a catastrophe

Why the provinces don’t need $3 billion in federal tax dollars for flawed prescription drug policies

Catastrophic pharmacare is a catastropheLast week, the CD Howe Institute called on Ottawa to give provinces nearly $3-billion to establish national standards for catastrophic drug coverage and to mandate a system of transparent price negotiations with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers. Acting on those recommendations would represent a major step backward for Canada, one that would cost Canadians billions of dollars…

Pharmacare is for kids too

What do you do if your child is sick and you must decide between buying prescribed medicine or food?

Pharmacare is for kids tooBy Avram Denburg Canadian Doctors for Medicare and Steve Morgan University of British Columbia You are the parent of a sick child. You have a limited budget and you must decide to buy the medicine the doctor prescribed for your child or provide food and shelter for your family instead. What do you do? Sadly,…

Canada’s $500-million drug problem

Piecemeal drug insurance coverage costs cities – and taxpayers - plenty

Canada’s $500-million drug problemCanada's cities face a number of problems, including traffic congestion, housing costs, crime rates and shabby infrastructure. Now prescription drugs can be added to the list; it is a problem that is costing local governments as much as $500 million every year. Recognizing that access to necessary medicines is critical for health and wellbeing, many…

Pharmacare is good for business

Businesses need help managing the complexity and high cost of drug benefits

Pharmacare is good for businessBy Steve Morgan University of British Columbia and Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital The lack of public coverage of prescription drugs is bad for Canadian businesses, large and small. Here’s why: With the growing use and cost of prescription drugs, managing drug benefits has become much more complex and difficult for businesses to sustain. Regrettably,…

Four ways to make pharmacare work for Canadians

Canada only developed country with a universal healthcare system that does not include universal coverage of prescription drugs

Four ways to make pharmacare work for CanadiansA growing number of health professionals, patients, community groups and even politicians are calling for national pharmacare. But many Canadians likely wonder what pharmacare is and whether Canada is ready for it. Let’s start at the beginning. Affordable access to safe and properly prescribed prescription medicines is so critical to patient health that the World…