Canada is the only country in the world to have a universal health care system that does not include prescription medication. And we pay some of the highest drug costs in the world. 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.
The idea of a universal public pharmacare program is overwhelmingly popular with Canadians, but Big Pharma lobbyists have been pulling out all the stops to prevent its realization. We must demand that our governments confront the bullying tactics of Big Pharma and give Canadians access to the medicines they need.