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National pharmacare program—the threat to patients and innovation

Canadians may experience more limited access to new drugs and poorer health-care outcomes.

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Yet another patient appears on Global TV News unable to get an expensive prescription drug reimbursed by the Ontario provincial government, and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care responds that “the provinces and territories are working together to negotiate with manufacturers to get the best possible prices for drugs.” What no one gets to know is precisely how that’s happening or how quickly, leaving us all in the dark about access to a vital component of modern medical care.