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Prescription drugs in Canada—target those who need help

Provinces already employ various programs to assist vulnerable populations with medication costs.


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Insurance companies are the principal beneficiaries of Ontario’s new publicly-funded pharmacare program.


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National Pharmacare appears to be regarded by many as a panacea for the woes of the present hodgepodge of provincial drug plans, but some provinces seem to view it as an opportunity to alleviate the strain on their drug budgets.


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Last week, to great fanfare and much media attention across the country, the Canadian Medical Association Journal announced the publication of a new study trumpeting the great benefits Canada would accrue by going ahead with national government funded pharmaceutical drug coverage.

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There has been much discussion in the past 10 years about whether Canada needs a national Pharmacare plan. While the idea might appeal to some, the plan is driven by ideology as opposed to common sense.

Undoubtedly, it is clear that reform of provincial drug plans is necessary. However a national government plan is a step in the wrong direction and will only exacerbate the current situation where leaves millions of Canadians don’t have access to the medicines they need.


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B.C. doctors have called on the province to curb spending on prescription drugs. The docs say annual spending increases are unsustainable. The Health Minister has toyed with imposing a cap on public drug budgets. But these folks have their facts seriously wrong.

Why focus only on drug budgets? What about other types of health spending, like the money spent on physicians and hospitals?

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