The Canadian Labour Congress is advocating for pharmacare – national prescription drug coverage for everyone with a health card.
A town hall discussion is scheduled tonight (Thurs) in Regina with the president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses as the moderator.
Tracy Zambory says Canada is the only country that has medicare that doesn’t have pharmacare as well.
She says the numbers have been crunched and considering that right now some people can’t afford their medications so they don’t take them or try cutting them in half, and therefore can end up in an emergency room, it’s less expensive for the government to buy the drugs.
Add to that, bulk purchasing would reduce the costs, and Zambory suggests buying generic drugs in bulk would cut costs even further.
She says one in ten Canadians can’t afford medications, so having pharmacare would improve the overall health of the country.
Pharmacare experts will be on hand at the town hall discussion from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the St. Paul’s Cathedral Hall in Regina.