We CAN'T afford NOT to have a universal single-payer pharmacare plan

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Everyday people across Canada have to choose between putting food on the table and buying their medicines. This leads to once manageable conditions escalating into health emergencies because a prescription was not filled due to cost.

For people with diabetes, heart disease and chronic respiratory problems alone, universal single-payer pharmacare would result in 220,000 fewer emergency room visits and 90,000 fewer hospital stays every year.

Raise a question on Pharmacare at an All Candidates Meeting

Faced with the overwhelming need for universal pharmacare, many parties are promising... to improve access to prescription medications.

This is our opportunity to question the candidates on their commitment to our right to healthcare and let all the parties know that implementing universal single-payer pharmacare is non-negotiable.

We are paying too much for our fractured medication system. Canada is the only country in the world with a public health care system that doesn’t include prescription medication. This means we don’t have the bargaining power to negotiate for better prices and as a result, Canada pays some of the highest prices for medicine in the world. This cost is being passed onto individuals and families.

One third of working Canadians don't have drug benefits provided by their employer and most work-based plans don’t cover the full cost of medicine. With prescription drug prices rising, the benefits we do have are being cut back.

Implementing universal single-payer pharmacare would not only ensure that all Canadians have equitable and affordable access to life saving medication, but it would also give us the leverage of bulk buying, which could significantly lower prices for prescription medications for the country.

Raise a question on Pharmacare at an All Candidates Meeting

The question is simple:

  • Medicine is a key component of our health care system; do you believe it should be covered in the same way doctors and hospitals are?

You can also join the national twitter rally on October 3rd and tweet why public health care and pharmacare are important to you with the hashtag #IVoteForPublicHealthCare.

Ayendri Riddell
BC Health Coalition Campaigner

British Columbia Health Coalition · 3102 Main St, 302, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, BC V5T 3G7, Canada
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