According to comprehensive national research, nearly 1 out of every 4 Canadians says they or someone in their household can’t afford their prescription drugs. Many are splitting pills and skipping doses to make the medicine go further. Many others are not renewing or even filling prescriptions to begin with due to the high costs of medications. Canadians also pay dramatically more for prescription medications than most other industrialized countries and Canada is the only country with a universal healthcare system which does not also include universal access to prescription drugs.
Canada’s Community Health Centres applaud the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health’s formal recommendation for the federal government to implement a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan for Canadians. The recommendation comes in the Committee’s report Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for all Canadians, tabled yesterday in the House of Commons.