Clearing the Air on Pharmacare

October 18, 2019

“We have estimated that it will cost an additional $3.5 billion in 2022 to launch national pharmacare starting with universal coverage for essential medicines. As the national formulary grows to cover a comprehensive list of drugs, we estimate that annual incremental costs will reach $15.3 billion in 2027.” (Final Report of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, June 2019)

Polls have consistently ranked health care as a top priority for Canadians. Furthermore, a recent poll commissioned by Heart & Stroke Canada and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and conducted by Environics Research showed that 90 percent of Canadians supported the idea of a national Pharmacare program.

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