September 11, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) welcomes the official beginning of the 2019 Canadian federal election campaign, calling on all federal parties and their candidates to commit to strengthening Canada’s health care system, and in particular to commit to implementing a universal, single payer system of national pharmacare.
Health care is known to be a priority issue among Canadian voters. A CBC poll released in June identified health care as a “top-of-mind” issue among Canadians surveyed, alongside climate change and the cost of living. 67.8% of respondents to a Mainstreet poll published in August also called for national pharmacare, agreeing that a system through which the federal government pays for prescription drugs is something that Canadians should have, regardless of the cost to government.
“We know that fair and affordable drug coverage is something that people in Canada want, and something they deserve,” said CDM Chair Dr. Danyaal Raza. “We also know that a universal and public system of drug coverage is the most affordable and sensible option. The government’s Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare has determined that the universal public model is most in keeping with Canadian values and international best practices. Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Budget Office has stated that such a system would improve access to live-saving prescription drugs while also reducing spending by 4 billion dollars.”
Throughout the campaign, CDM will engage with voters, candidates and government, making the case for universal public drug coverage and helping Canadians to advocate for it. CDM will also call on candidates and parties to commit to protecting public health care, to support and strengthen public innovations, and to abide by and enforce the principles of the Canada Health Act.
“Canada is the only country in the world with a universal health care system that does not provide universal prescription drug coverage,” Raza said. “Pharmacare is the unfinished business of Medicare, and we are proud to join Canadians in calling on our government to make it a reality.”
Canadian Doctors for Medicare provides a voice for Canadian doctors who want to strengthen and improve Canada's universal publicly-funded health care system. CDM advocates for innovations in treatment and prevention services that are evidence-based and improve access, quality, equity and sustainability.
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