Universal pharmacare (The expenses of health care related to procurement or provision of pharmacotherapeutic agents) is not available in the UK either. Some Regions have prescription charges and some do not, and all pay the same taxes.
In a letter in the Globe and Mail, 3rd March 2017, Anser Daud from Maple, Ontario opines after a report “Federal Drug Plan could save millions” (Carly weeks in the Globe & Mail 27th Feb 2017:
Although our health care system is referred to as “universal”, the truth is that it is still strongly influenced by how income and wealth are distributed.
An estimated three million Canadians cannot afford prescribed medications, yet even after two royal commissions by health policy experts, there is little movement in the direction of universal drug coverage.
The provision of pharmacare is indeed a tall task, one that will only be brought to fruition when significant public awareness and political will come together.