SHOULD CANADA HAVE A NATIONAL DRUG PLAN?

One in four Canadians who do not have drug insurance are unable to afford to take their prescription drugs as directed, a new survey reveals.

One in 10 Canadians struggles to pay for their drug treatment even when they have insurance.

This means that millions of patients fail to fill or refill prescriptions, or skip doses to cut costs.

This raises the question whether Canada should institute a universal drug insurance plan (Pharmacare)

As of now public prescription drug coverage tends to be limited to seniors and people on social assistance.

(Quebec is the only province where all residents have drug insurance;  low income residents are covered by the state, but others must purchase it from private insurers.)

Doctors say a national drug plan would lower costs, not increase them.

Canadians spent $26.1-billion on presciption drugs in 2010.

Should Canada havea national drug plan?

What do you think?

3 Comments »

  1. 1

    Yes. What is the point in having a universal Medicare plan if people can’t afford to follow up with appropriate medication.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Furthermore, being able to afford your pills will lessen health costs in the long run.

  3. 3
    Barbara Says:

    And the larger the unit bargaining with the pharmaceutical companies, the better will be the price of the drugs.


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