The case for pharmacare and Canada’s current Situation

Over 1,200 academics, who are experts in health care, signed a letter and sent it to leaders of federal political parties of Canada, on 15th August, 2019. The letter stated for them to enact a national pharmacare plan.

Drugs should be made economically accessible to all Canadians. Although, in spite of over $1,000 being spent on each person every year on prescription drugs — in comparison with average of $700 for OECD, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s all 29 members—a considerable number of Canadians are troubled while getting the required drugs.

One of the reports from last year for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions approximated that every year the medicine’s lack of access showed that 70,000 of Canadians aged 55 years and more, suffered from deterioration regarding their health. And almost 12,000 of Canadian, ageds 40 and more who had cardiovascular disease required hospitalization, overnight.

Millions of Canadians do not have any heat, food and other health-care expenses only to afford drugs.

Excluding Canada, every other country that has accessible doctors and hospitals also has prescription drugs’ access.

Here, government covers almost 42% of medicine expense, another 36% gets covered by private insurance and the rest of it is paid by people.

When he released his report in 1964, it made it was able to pave way for medicare. Justice Emmett Hall thought that after the universal coverage of doctors, prescription of drugs would be the next ste. But he was wrong.

Over the years, different reports recommended pharmacare: the Kirby Senate report, the 1997 National Forum on Health, the Romanow Commission. But most recently it was the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health.

In this year’s June, Eric Hoskins, health’s former minister in Ontario, who leads the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, set the broad outlines regarding how this goal was to be achieved.

Despite the support of all of the reports and the hardship that people face when they cannot afford medicine, only the Green Party and the NDP have committed to pharmacare, so far.