National Public Drug Plan

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS a National Public Drug Plan (Universal Pharmacare) would reduce prescription drug spending by a massive 41%, thus saving up to $11.4 billion, and

WHEREAS Canada remains the only developed country with a universal healthcare system that does not include prescription drug coverage,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) continue to demand that the Federal Government pass legislation to provide a National Public Drug Plan (Universal Pharmacare program), and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) write directly to Canadian Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, requesting she take a positive stance towards promoting a National Public Drug Plan and advocate for such a plan to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health Study on the Development of a National Pharmacare Program.


Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM) and CONGRESS OF UNION RETIREES OF CANADA

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National Pharmacare Program

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS, according to past research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (published in March, 2015), Canadian taxpayers could save billions of dollars by the introduction of a universal public drug plan to provide prescriptions to all Canadians. The research modelled costs based on data describing $22 billion worth of retail prescription drug purchases in the fiscal year 2012/13 and indicated most prescription drugs are already paid for by taxpayers with $9.7 billion spent directly on public drug plans and $2.4 billion spent on private drug plans for public sector employees; private sector spending on private insurance plans currently accounts for $5.7 billion, and uninsured patients pay $4.5 billion out-of-pocket prescriptions; and

WHEREAS, if Canada could achieve the pricing found in several comparable countries, a universal public drug plan would reduce total spending on prescription drugs in Canada by $7.3 billion per year, or 32%, according to this same research; and

WHEREAS every other developed country with a universal health care system, including countries such as France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, to name a few, provides universal coverage of prescription drugs – Canada being the exception;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal Government to enter into meaningful discussions with the Provinces to provide a National Pharmacare Program so that all Canadians have equal access to prescription drugs at a reduced cost.


Submitted by OLD AGE PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION of BC

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National Prescription Drug Strategy

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the federal, provincial and territorial governments establish a publicly administered body to implement standards, accreditation, regulation and supervisions of care in long term care and personal care facilities and that the publicly administered body report to the public.

Number:
21
Section:
Health

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National Pharmacare Programme

Convention:
2012
Policy:
That the NPF urge the federal government to support the immediate allocation of funding to establish a National Pharmacare Programme.

Number:
4
Section:
Health

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