Drugs

Coalition calls for immediate action on pharmacare

Joint Letter
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 13:00

Today, the Canadian Health Coalition and 12 other national and regional organizations sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance calling for the federal government to take immediate action to implement universal, public pharmacare.

The need for national pharmacare has never been more urgent. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 5 Canadians had either no drug coverage at all or had inadequate coverage. That number has increased significantly during the pandemic, with millions of people losing their jobs and their employer-sponsored drug plans.

Canadians are counting on this government to implement universal, public pharmacare. We can’t wait any longer. We need pharmacare now! Read our letter here.

The following organizations signed the joint letter: Canadian Health Coalition, Broadbent Institute, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, CFNU, Council of Canadians, CUPE, CURC, Heart & Stroke, NUPGE, PSAC, Surrey Board of Trade, Unifor and United Steelworkers.