TORONTO, March 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians are proud of our universal health care system, which provides care based on individualneed regardless of ability to pay. However, Canadians face some of the highest prescription drug prices in the world. The existing patchwork of prescription drug coverage is leading to poorer health for some and higher costs for all Canadians. That is
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, announced that the Government has received an interim report from the Council, chaired by Dr. Eric Hoskins.
The report identifies three initial recommendations for the implementation of national pharmacare:
The Government of Canada will consider the Council's initial recommendations while it awaits the final report, which is due in spring 2019.
Quotes:"Canadians should not have to choose between paying for prescription drugs and putting food on the table. Our Government is committed to exploring a national pharmacare plan that leaves no Canadian behind. I would like to thank the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare for its work to date and I look forward to receiving their final report."The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"The Government of Canada is committed to improving the health of families while leaving more money in Canadians' budgets. Lowering drug costs and improving access to needed medications is a key part of that. The Council's report and continued advice will help lay a foundation as our Government further explores a plan for national pharmacare that will benefit all Canadians."The Honourable Bill MorneauMinister of Finance
"The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare is pleased to provide the Government of Canada with this interim report. The Council has engaged thousands of Canadians across the country and has received many useful suggestions on how to improve Canadians' access to prescription drugs."Dr. Eric HoskinsChair, Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare
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SOURCE Health Canada
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