Ontario Coalition Of Aboriginal People Supports A National Pharmacare Strategy – Wawa news

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Ontario Coalition Of Aboriginal People Supports A National Pharmacare Strategy – Wawa news

by ahnationtalk on June 16, 2015726 Views

16 June 2015

The time has come for a national public and universal drug insurance plan to cover all prescription costs and to support the sustainability of our healthcare system. The Canadian Medical Association has found that universal drug coverage could save Canada $7.3 billion every year, as well as providing a 32% reduction in spending on prescription drugs. Currently, the lack of universal pharmacare is a significant gap in our health care system that is being threatened by increasing costs, reduced access, and pressures to maintain a sufficient quality of care. In comparison to Canada, many industrialized countries already have a universal health care system, which includes prescription drugs.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health for Ontario, has provided dedicated and passionate leadership, which is vital to ensure that pharmacare eventually becomes part of the Canadian health care system. “OCAP is fully supportive of Ontario’s Minister of Health and his outstanding leadership to achieve a national pharmacare program. Accessing necessary medication is a top priority health issue for Aboriginal Peoples, who are struggling to close the gap in health outcomes through comprehensive, holistic and coordinated services,” said Brad Maggrah, President of the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People. Aboriginal Peoples have a health status that is well below the national average and this disturbing fact is directly related to poverty and the inability to afford essential medications.

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