It Won’t Be Easy: How to Make Universal Pharmacare Work in Canada

Document Type: Perspective

Author

1 Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

2 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Abstract

One of the glaring gaps in Canada’s universal healthcare system is the low level of public financing of prescription drugs - 42.7% of total spending in 2018. At the federal level there is renewed interest in moving towards universal coverage, supported by a recently commissioned report on how to achieve it. It will take superb political navigation to extract Canadian pharmaceutical policy and practice from the grasp of interests that profit handsomely from the status quo. This perspective suggests the conditions under which a genuinely fair, effective, and efficient pharmacare plan can emerge.

Highlights

Commentaries Published on this Paper and Hajizadeh & Edmonds Paper

 

  •  National Pharmacare in Canada: Equality or Equity, Accessibility or Affordability; Comment on “Universal Pharmacare in Canada: A Prescription for Equity in Healthcare”

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  •  It’s Time to Finally Kill the Zombies; Comment on “Universal Pharmacare in Canada”

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