Hughes calls for real national Pharmacare

Ottawa –   Canadians shouldn’t have to struggle to pay for prescription drugs and a national Pharmacare program is the best answer, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes delivered a petition calling for Pharmacare in parliament and provided some solid reasons the government should get on board with the idea.

“One in five people is unable to fill their prescriptions due to financial reasons,” said Hughes. “People should not have to struggle to pay for the prescription drugs they need.”

Despite a government promise to study a limited version of Pharmacare contained in this year’s budget, Hughes says Canadians would be best served by a full program that brings the most economic benefit. 

“Canada is the only country in the world with a universal Medicare system that does not include prescription drugs,” said Hughes. “The estimated savings would amount to billions of dollars and that it would be a wise investment.”

“That is why people are asking the government to work with the provinces to implement a universal pharmacare program as part of our public health care system,” said Hughes.