We need a National Pharmacare Plan in Canada

I have sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau expressing support for the implementation of a public, universal, single-payer national pharmacare plan in our country, without delay.

In 1997, the Liberal Party of Canada promised Canadians that it would work towards “(…) a timetable and fiscal framework for the implementation of universal public coverage for medically necessary prescription drugs” (p.8). Twenty-one years have passed, and despite the fact that pharmacare is touted as sound health and economic policy, the government has only committed to studying the issue further. Canadians need action.

A national pharmacare plan would make a difference for so many people living in Saskatoon West, including seniors, people on fixed incomes, single parents, women, people working low-wage jobs, and those living with disabilities, to name a few. That Canada does not cover the cost of essential medications runs contrary to the value of universality underpinning our healthcare system.

I have sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau expressing support for the Saskatoon Community Clinic’s recommendations that a public, universal, single-payer national pharmacare plan be implemented in our country, without delay. Implementation does not require further study, and we must act to make pharmacare a reality