Every year, at least 3 million Canadians are unable to fill their prescriptions due to cost. In addition to not filling prescriptions, many Canadians split or skip doses to try to make medications last longer. Not being able to take medications the way that they are prescribed leads to increased health complications which can result in hospitalizations.
National drug coverage would stop drug companies from overcharging Canadians for prescription medications. It would save us all money, improve health outcomes, and reduce strain on our emergency departments and hospital services.
A national drug coverage plan — other wise known as universal pharmacare — that is public, affordable and safe, would mean that everyone in Canada would have access to the prescription medicines we need. And when everyone has equitable access to the medicines they need to be healthy we’re all better off.