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A members' guide to the national Pharmacare Survey

The federal government has struck an advisory council to make recommendations on the establishment of a national Pharmacare plan, and they’ve launched an online survey, giving people in Canada the chance to weigh in on what Canadian Pharmacare should look like. As momentum builds for a national Pharmacare program, HSA members face a historic opportunity to advocate for a plan rooted in principles of fairness, accessibility, and universality. 

HSA members care about universal access to prescription drugs. As an HSA pharmacist said recently during a roundtable discussion on Pharmacare, the biggest concern is that once patients are discharged from hospital with a course of treatment, there’s no guarantee they have the ability to carry out the treatment if they don’t have the means to pay for necessary medication.

A 2018 HSA convention resolution directs the union to work with allies to “urge the federal and provincial governments to establish a comprehensive and universal national Pharmacare program.”

The online survey is an excellent opportunity to do just that.

Complete the online survey at www.letstalkhealth.ca/pharmacare by September 28.

For members’ information, we have provided a members' guide on the major issues. It is informed by the evidence-based report “Pharmacare 2020: the future of drug coverage in Canada,” a collaborative report delivered by Canada’s leading health economists who have partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to advocate for a fair, sustainable, universal Pharmacare program in Canada.

Members are also encouraged to contact their local MLA and MP about the importance creating a universal Pharmacare program, accessible to all.  

For more information about the campaign for a universal Pharmacare plan, please visit www.aplanforeveryone.ca.