Canada looking at single payer pharmaceutical plan

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
An advisory council appointed by the Liberal government is recommending the establishment of a universal, single-payer public pharmacare system.

The council's 171-page report, released Wednesday, calls for the creation of a new drug agency that would draft a national list of prescription medicines that would be covered by the taxpayer, beginning with an initial list of common and essential drugs, by Jan. 1, 2022.
The council recommends that initial list be expanded to a comprehensive plan by Jan. 2, 2027. When fully implemented, the total cost would be $15 billion a year.

"Let's complete the unfinished business of universal health care. That can be our promise and our legacy to each other and to all future generations." Once fully implemented, the report predicts the amount spent on prescription drugs in Canada would drop by roughly $5 billion a year.

"We know that our existing patchwork of drug coverage is not working well, leading to poorer health for some and higher costs for us all. We have to do better. Canadians should never have to choose between paying for prescription drugs and putting food on the table."
Likes: The Man
Aug 2018
Ugh. Election time isnt till October, Trudeau.

I'm old enough to have seen this campaign platform floated by several governments. It always seems to die on the vine, no matter how rosy the idea is presented.

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