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Pharmacare for all

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Martin Singh pitches a national pharmacare program.

This policy document outlines the components of a national pharmacare program that will provide coverage for prescription medications to all Canadians irrespective of their health, social, geographic and financial circumstances. The document also details how Canadians will save $5.455 billion as a result of the implementation of the national pharmacare program. Companies that currently provide private plan coverage to their employees stand to save $560 million. Given that health care is under provincial jurisdiction, the implementation of the plan will require leadership shown on the behalf of both the federal and provincial governments in working together for the benefit of all Canadians.

Politicians have been speaking actively about a national pharmacare plan since the 1960s. After 50 years of talk, it is most certainly time for action.