"Implementing National Pharmacare is a must, the Trudeau government's own advisory panel says so in its interim report. Politics must not get in the way of doing the right thing for the country the government must commit to act." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare has invited NUPGE to participate in its discussions.
The challenge now is to make sure that enough of that 91% of Canadians speak out so that the federal government recognizes that it has no choice but to bring in a national pharmacare program that is healthy, fair and affordable.
“Pharmacare will save lives, reduce suffering and lower costs by billions of dollars each year. Canada is the only country with universal health care that does not have pharmacare. Canadians deserve better and must demand better.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The issues that weren’t addressed in the 2018 budget are ones the federal government doesn’t expect to get much attention or ones where people have become so discouraged that they are willing to settle for peanuts.
“What’s the point of having your diagnosis covered, if you can’t afford the medication you need? The lack of access to medically necessary medicines is not only a major gap in our system, it is contrary to the very principle of medicare for all.” — Sara Labelle, OPSEU, Hospital Professionals Division
New national report outlines the huge cost of the failed Health Accord.
"I am very pleased to send this letter of support, and please know that we stand with you in your struggle to help the millions of U.S. citizens who do not have access to health care." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Let's continue the chat, continue the call for the PM, for the federal health minister, for these premiers and provincial health ministers to all pull together. Let's get pharmacare happening, let's get long-term care happening, let's make sure our communities are sound." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The ink is barely dry on last week’s Ontario budget and already Premier Kathleen Wynne is conceding the possibility that her government didn’t “get it right” on the sensitive issue of prescription drugs for seniors.
She’s correct: making most seniors pay more for their prescriptions is a wrong-headed approach and the sooner the government backs away from it, the better.
It’s the biggest flaw in what was generally a well-crafted budget, considering Ontario’s difficult financial situation.