Rethinking Drug Coverage: Time for Universal Pharmacare

April 8, 2013, 11:20 AM EST

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The Canadian Health Coalition and Carlton University will host a conference May 24-25 in Ottawa on Universal Pharmacare and CAW local unions are being encouraged to attend.

This conference will examine best-practices in pharmaceutical management in Canada and internationally, identify the barriers to a universal public drug plan, and provide a platform to raise awareness and build political momentum in Canada for a national pharmacare plan.

CAW Assistant to the President Deb Tveit said that pharmacare has many important advantages. "It would provide equal access to prescription drugs, replacing our uneven patchwork of provincial programs and private insurance at work. It would also control costs by allowing providers to negotiate good prices and reducing administrative costs."

Tveit said that a national pharmacare program could improve drug safety and improve prescribing practices as well.

"Like so many other industrialized countries, Canada can afford a national drug plan. We already pay for our drugs-but pharmacare would let us do so more effectively, more economically and more fairly." 

CAW locals are encouraged to send delegates to this important conference. The CAW national union and the CAW Ontario Health Care Council are joint silver sponsors for the event.

For more information and to register, please visit:

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