The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare recently released their final report after conducting a year of studies and interviews. The report found that approximately 20 per cent of Canadians have inadequate drug coverage or no coverage at all and must pay out of pocket. A recent study found almost 1 million Canadians had cut their household spending on food and heat to pay for medication. Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that does not provide universal coverage for prescription drugs.
The council proposes the five fundamental principles of medicare, embodied in the Canada Health Act, be applied to national pharmacare: universal, comprehensive, accessible, portable, and public.
Visit Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone to sign the petition and show your support for prescription drug coverage for everyone in Canada, regardless of their income, age, or where they work or live.