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Right now, Canada is the only country with a public health care plan not to include prescription drug coverage. The Council of Canadians is trying to change that.

Pharmacare can save us a lot of money.

In 2016, Canadians spent $30 billion to fill more than 600 million prescriptions. That’s more than four times what we spent on prescriptions 20 years ago. Drug prices are skyrocketing for Canadians and more people have to choose between getting the medications they need and paying for their rent or for food.

A publicly funded, universal drug coverage program – also known as pharmacare – would provide all Canadians with access to the prescription medicines they need. People would be healthier and many would no longer have the economic burden of paying for medications out-of-pocket. Canadian employers would also benefit by not having to include expensive drug plans in employees’ benefit packages.

Right now, Canada is the only country with a public health care plan not to include prescription drug coverage. The Council of Canadians is trying to change that.

Use the tools, materials and information on this page to help convince your MP, employer, friends and family about why the federal government should implement a universal pharmacare program now.

The new NAFTA and pharmacare

The new NAFTA gives U.S. Big Pharma new protections that could increase the cost of prescription drugs. The deal gives biologics, a new class of drugs made out of human or animal tissue, 10 years of data exclusivity. Currently, in Canada, we only give 8 years of data exclusivity.

Read more about drug protections that expand Big Pharma’s powers to demand exorbitant prices for drugs.