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18:25  12 june  2019
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Impeccable timing turns the fall election into a referendum on pharmacare Eric Hoskins says the time is right for Canada to create a universal pharmacare system. The timing of his report calling on the federal government to finally do that might not be so bad, either. "We know (pharmacare) is going to be part of the fall election campaign," the former Ontario health minister said in an interview Wednesday on the podcast edition of The House. "So for me, there is no better time to have this discussion than with all Canadians in the context of politicians asking for their support. This is such a profound and important part of our conversation that it deserves that attention.

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Canada should replace its patchwork of private and public drug plans with a national single - payer pharmacare system Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has recruited former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins to lead a national advisory panel on how to implement pharmacare .

Expert panel recommends Canada implement single-payer pharmacare plan © Getty A file photo of a pharmacist.

OTTAWA — An expert panel is calling for the federal government to work with the provinces and territories to create a single-payer national pharmacare plan to cover every Canadian.

Eric Hoskins, Ontario's former health minister, released the findings in Ottawa, giving advice on how to address the country's patchwork of private and public prescription-drug plans.

Canada has a variety of drug plans administered by provinces, mainly for children, seniors and people on social assistance.

Other plans managed by the federal government cover other groups, such as Indigenous people and members of the military, while private insurance fills the gaps for some.

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Canada ’s single - payer health care system is administered by the country’s provincial governments, and the labor movement is looking to enlist the premiers in its push for a country-wide prescription plan . Implementing pharmacare will require a major infusion of cash from the federal government, which

Steve Morgan, a professor in UBC’s school of population and public health, spoke to the Globe and Mail about a report on pharmacare released by an all-party committee. Morgan said the report should bring the country closer to achieving pharmacare .

Hoskins' council is recommending a new drug agency that would be responsible for developing a national list of prescription drugs, known as a formulary, beginning with common or so-called essential medicines by Jan. 1, 2022.

It also recommends that the initial formulary expand to a "fully comprehensive formulary" no later than Jan. 1, 2027.

"Our council has heard the stories of thousands of Canadians and listened to a wide range of perspectives," Hoskins said in the report, entitled "A Prescription for Canada: Achieving Pharmacare for All."

"The time for universal, single-payer, public pharmacare has come ... 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."

Pharmacare plan presents fiscal problems that go beyond the price tag

Pharmacare plan presents fiscal problems that go beyond the price tag Dr. Eric Hoskins' pitch for a national pharmacare program comes with a hefty cost estimate. It also could set up new conflicts between the provinces and Ottawa over health transfers.

A group of Canadians charged with examining access to prescription drugs across the country is recommending that the federal government adopt a national, publicly funded pharmacare plan . Representatives of the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Pharmacare in Canada will deliver their

Citizens Reference Panel on Pharmacare (2016, chair Peter MacLeod), Several national organisations including Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian the Liberal Party of Canada adopted a priority resolution at the 2016 National Convention to implement a National Pharmacare plan before 2019

The council says universal, single-payer public pharmacare will provide access to prescription medications for all Canadians, including an estimated one in five Canadians who are either uninsured or underinsured.

The plan, once implemented, will result in an estimated $5 billion in savings, the council said, adding that savings for Canadians will be on average $350 per year.

In its last budget, the Liberal government pledged to create a new agency to buy drugs in bulk and cut Canadian medication costs as the first step toward a national drug plan.

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