Provinces must stand together on drug purchases

Friday, August 10th, 2012

31 July 2012
As the Council of the Federation’s own report suggests, bulk purchasing is not an option any more, it is a necessity… Every new drug in Canada should be purchased through a national bulk-purchasing agency to maximize savings for the benefit of all Canadians. In fact, the smartest path would be to establish a national drug plan with no deductible or co-insurance payment, which will ensure equity of funding and access to essential medicines for all Canadians.

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Why Canadians need universal pharmacare

Monday, September 20th, 2010

September 16, 2010
The main reason prescription drugs are so expensive in Canada is because of the importance of private insurers… private coverage is totally inefficient, and the administration fees are much higher for private than for public plans (8% as compared to 2%)… Public plans have the resource for pharmaco-economic assessment in order to make sure that, if a drug is reimbursed, patients will get some bang for their bucks.

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