A problem in Canada – universal pharmacare not yet available

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.

2015: Provincial health ministers call for national pharmacare program by



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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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