Government of Canada launches Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare
“I wish to thank the members of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare for undertaking this very important task on behalf of Canadians. Improving access to prescription medications will help Canadians—especially those with no prescription drug coverage—to stay healthy. The work of the Advisory Council will be fundamental to ensuring that Canadians have access to the drug therapies they need at an affordable cost.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
“Today, the Government of Canada is taking an important step toward ensuring that all Canadians can afford the prescription drugs they need. I look forward to receiving the recommendations of the Advisory Council, and to working with our partners to deliver a national pharmacare program that works for all Canadians.”
The Honourable Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance
“Ensuring access to prescribed medications is vital from both a health equity and health outcome perspective. Too many Canadians are unable to maintain or achieve a healthy life because they cannot afford needed prescription drugs. I am both honoured and proud to lead this work, which I believe will result in a more equitable and sustainable health system, as well as better health outcomes, for all Canadians.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
Chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare
Canadians pay among the highest prices for and spend more on prescription drugs than citizens of almost every other country in the world.
On average, Canadians spend $926 per person on prescriptions per year, through a combination of public, private and out-of-pocket expenditures.
A 2015 Angus Reid Survey found that 23% of Canadians reported that they or someone else in their household did not take their prescription medications as prescribed in the previous 12 months, if at all, because of cost. An estimated one million Canadians are forced to cut back on food or heating in order to afford prescription medications.
A recent report estimates that hundreds of premature deaths occur each year among working-age Canadians unable to afford their prescription medicines (Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, 2018).
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Minister of Health
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