June 21, 2018 11:30
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Health Canada yesterday launched the commencement of consultations by the advisory Council on the implementation of a system of national pharmacare. The creation of the Council was announced in the budget of 2018 of the government of Canada.
According to Health Canada, prescription drug prices in Canada are among the highest in the world. Canadians spend annually on average 926 $ prescription drug by a person and the organization estimates that one million Canadians are forced to reduce their spending on food or heating to pay for these drugs.
«It is critical to ensure access to prescription drugs, both from the point of view of equity in health as the health outcomes. Too many Canadians are unable to live in health because they do not have the means to purchase prescription drugs they need, » says Dr. Eric Hoskins, president of the Council.
The beginning of a series of consultations
The Council will proceed to a financial assessment, economic and social models of drug coverage, national and international. Several consultations with Canadians, health professionals and provincial leaders are also planned in the works.
The results will then be presented in the form of a preliminary report which will be presented to the minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor and the minister of Finance, Bill Morneau. The final report should be presented in the spring of 2019 and will include recommendations regarding the possible implementation of a system of national pharmacare.
Support of the CPOMA
L’Association canadienne des compagnies d’assurances de personnes (CLHIA) welcomes the announcement. She considers it important » to ensure access for all Canadians to prescription drugs at affordable cost «.
Its chairman, Stephen Frank, it was also announced that the insurers of the people of Canada were willing to collaborate with the advisory board in the framework of the consultations.
Composition of the Board
The advisory Council on the implementation of a regime of national pharmacare is composed of six other members in addition to Dr. Hoskins. We find Mia Homsy (Quebec Institute), Dr. Nadine Caron (University of British Columbia), Vincent Dumez (Centre of excellence in partnership with patients and the public of the faculty of medicine of the Université de Montréal), Camille Orridge (Wellesley Institute), Diana Whalen (former deputy prime minister and minister of Finance of Nova Scotia) and John Wright (former deputy minister of Health and deputy minister of Finance for the government of Saskatchewan).