Brandon Doucet on why universal pharmacare is needed, how we can pay for it, the flaws in the Liberal plan, and how the election may finally get us there.
Media release: The presidents of federations of labour from across the country are in Saskatoon during the Council of the Federation meeting to encourage Canada’s premiers to embrace a public, single-payer, universal pharmacare program.
Danny Cavanagh, president of the NS Federation of Labour, is pleased with the recommendations in the universal pharmacare report. Now it is a matter of making sure politicians get the message that we want universal public pharmacare, and that we want it now, writes Cavanagh.
News release: Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Danny Cavanagh feels positive about today’s announcement on pharmacare from the interim report released today by the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.
From Bill Swan’s excellent Faces of Pharmacare website we feature the story of a Nova Scotia woman faced with a $3500 monthly bill for the life saving medications she needs. In her case a solution was found in the end, but “I succeeded because I was determined, persistent and angry enough to take action. I knew how to explain my case. I knew how to write convincing letters. I’d been a bureaucrat and a consultant. Many people are too sick to advocate together with their doctors; many people are intimidated by the system; they know it is not fair but feel powerless to influence decisions.”