The Council of Canadians Kitchener-Waterloo chapter promoting pharmacare at an information table at a local farmers' market.
A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) strengthens the argument that the Trudeau government should immediately implement the universal drug program known as pharmacare.
The CIHI report finds that governments, private insurance companies and individuals are projected to spend $242 billion on health care in 2017 - a nearly 4-per-cent increase over 2016 spending levels.
The Globe and Mail highlights, "The report found that among the three largest spending categories - hospitals, drugs and physicians, which together account for more than 60 per cent of the overall expenditure - pharmaceutical costs continue to increase at the fastest pace. This has been true since 2015, due partly to the increased use of high-cost patented drugs."