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New Liberal minority must keep national pharmacare promise

Friday, November 8th, 2019

In August, 67.8 per cent of respondents to a Mainstreet poll called for national pharmacare, agreeing that the federal government should create a system through which it pays for prescription drugs, regardless of the cost to government. In an Angus Reid pre-election poll, 78 per cent of voters supported a national pharmacare program. Even the 57 per cent of Canadians who intended to vote for the Conservatives, whose platform included no pharmacare plan, supported either the Liberal or the NDP plan.

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Here are all of Justin Trudeau’s promises in federal election 2019

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

The party made dozens of promises during the 40-day campaign… we’re laying out every Liberal promise on the table—and tracking those that are fully kept or broken. Bookmark this post and follow along as we keep tabs on the House of Commons. We’ll also make note every time an opposition promise comes to fruition

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Ontario changing pharmacist payments to save government $436-million

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with the province’s pharmacists that will see them take millions of dollars less in payments over the next half decade… It would also see the government pay pharmacists a flat fee for every patient receiving prescriptions in a long-term care home rather than paying for each individual prescription that’s issued… [and] scrap a $2 co-payment that long-term care residents currently pay on each prescription.

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A Federal Minority: The Leading Parties’ Promises on Health Care

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

With the Liberal Party of Canada… winning Monday’s federal election with 157 of 338 seats in the House of Commons, campaign promises will need broader support in order to be realized. This bulletin summarizes the positions of the top five parties… on health care topics including pharmacare… dental care), primary care, mental health and addiction services, Indigenous health care and medical assistance in dying.

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‘Innovative’ health clinic in Midland high school serves students and public

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

“The idea arose to house the health unit in a vacant wing of the school… The location had many benefits, including bringing health services close to students, sitting on a transit route and being close to a neighbourhood… Ten programs run from the clinic, including prenatal, immunizations, water sampling, sexual health, needle exchange, naloxone training, and substance abuse and prevention.

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Voters beware: National pharmacare is unnecessary, bad for privately insured Canadians and costly for taxpayers

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

… it would be less disruptive and less expensive to just fill the gaps caused by public formulary exclusions… CHPI’s model doesn’t require shifting the full cost of existing provincial public drug plans onto the federal budget, nor require the government to cover privately paid costs, so it reduces the burden on the federal budget by $14.1 billion compared to the PBO’s model.

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Civil servants get the Rolls Royce of pharmacare while party leaders can’t even muster a decent plan

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

… opinion polls show most Canadians do support a national insurance scheme for prescription drugs. Will election promises bring the benefits Canadians need?… Unless whoever forms the federal government after the election provides: adequate resources for good-quality national pharmacare, a guarantee of long-term funding, and a roadmap for integrating it with existing provincial programs, Canadians hoping for improved access to medicines are unlikely to be satisfied.

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Where is the ‘how’ in all of the federal election policy promises?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

No voter expects every detail regarding the implementation of a new proposal to anticipate every twist and turn of how events might unfold… But… the judgment, balance, capacity and relevant experience of those seeking to hold the highest elected office in the country are defogged when there is more robust disclosure on how they intend to put into effect the promises they have been selling.

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Where is the big idea in this election?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… what would happen if our parties were focused not just on giving things to the middle class, but instead giving something for the middle class to believe in? Some say national pharmacare is just that: a vision for a changed society in which no Canadian goes without the medication she or he needs.

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Where do the parties stand on pharmacare and drug prices?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

“Instead of announcing that the recommendations of the national advisory council would be implemented if the Liberals are re-elected, they’ve instead used softer language,” said Nav Persaud, a family doctor and a University of Toronto professor who holds a Canada Research Chair in health justice. “That raises the concern that they’re not prepared to stand up to the pressure.”

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