National drug plan — pros and cons
Profiteers have much to lose but many citizens have much to gain.
Irfan Dhalla and Karen Born of Healthydebate.ca collaborated on this piece in which they demonstrate how a national drug plan would affect Canadians. Predictably, those who currently cannot afford their medications would benefit, while those who do not need medication regularly would likely pay higher taxes. Ultimately, private insurers would be the biggest losers.
"The Canada Health Act includes public coverage of services provided in hospitals and by doctors, but not prescription medications taken outside of hospital. Most provincial drug plans do provide some public coverage, but many Canadians lack drug coverage. In the last 25 years, prescription medications have become both more important and more expensive. Bringing prescription medications into Medicare would produce winners and losers. Understanding who wins and who loses is crucial to understanding whether a national pharmacare program should be implemented
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Posted: August 09, 2011
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