News Item – The argument for providing ‘essential medicines’ for free in Canada

Canada’s healthcare system should cover the cost of 117 essential medicines that account for nearly half of all prescriptions issued in the country, according to two researchers who say the move would save Canadians and drug plans more than $3 billion per year.

A study by Dr. Nav Persaud of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Steve Morgan of the University of British Columbia was published Monday, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“Universal pharmacare has been long-promised but undelivered in Canada, in part because of concerns about where to start,” Morgan, a professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, said in a statement. “We show that adding universal public coverage of essential medicines to the existing system of drug coverage in Canada is a significant and feasible step in the right direction.”

Full article at: CTV News