Monday, September 13, 2010

It is time for a national pharmacare system.

Now why does Canada need to change to a National Pharmacare system? What is wrong with our current system? The current system gives better benefits depending on where you live. That means that if you live in British Columbia you could have better drug plan than if you live in Nova Scotia. I think any system that gives you a better drug plan only because you where born somewhere is a system that needs to be fixed. A National Pharmacare system would cover all drugs for everyone. Then you would say oh here come the taxes for it, but actually the Government would save 10 billion dollars a National Pharmacare. In fact if in a National Pharmacare plan we will need less doctors , because people no matter how rich will be able to afford all there drugs so they don't get sick as much. It gives more money to struggling families that can now afford to spend more money in our economy(59% of Canadians are living paycheck to paycheck). So with all these great benefits what are Canadians waiting for.

The report also finds that Canada is either the third or fourth most expensive country for brand-name drugs every year — after the United States, Switzerland and Germany — because it deliberately inflates drug prices in order to attract pharmaceutical investment. 
"Canada’s pharmaceutical policies are a total failure," the study's author, Marc-André Gagnon, told reporters on Monday in Ottawa. 
A universal prescription drug plan could chop more than $10 billion off Canada's annual health-care bill, according to a new policy study that its authors say "explodes the fallacy" that such a plan is unaffordable.

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