Canada needs 'defined model' of universal pharmacare, citizen panel urges
'Necessary Medicines' report will be presented today to Commons health committee
CBC News Posted: Dec 06, 2016
Under a national plan, Flood said Canadians could have access to pharmaceuticals without breaking the bank, just as medicare does for hospital and physician services.
"Other countries show us that you can have your cake and eat it too," she said. "You can have full public medicare, covering everybody, and you are going to spend less, not more
understanding the health consequences and the fiscal consequences for individuals who aren't so fortunate as to enjoy that kind of employer-provided coverage, and those people, of course, who deal with very serious health issues."
Flood agrees that the current system "leaves a gap."
A national pharmacare program was originally recommended in 1964 as part of the Royal Commission on Health Services, also known as the Hall Commission, as well as in later reports, such as the 2002 Romanow Commission.