18.4.10 NATIONAL PHARMACARE COVERAGE FOR PEOPLE WITH EXPENSIVE, CHRONIC ILLNESSES

WHEREAS people with chronic diseases that are expensive to treat with prescription drugs may be opposed to National Pharmacare in the belief they are currently better off with health insurance coverage provided by a private health insurance company, and

WHEREAS they may be fearful that a national formulary may exclude the drugs they depend on for their quality of life and that the formulary may be inflexibly administered by government officials, and

WHEREAS many seniors depend on expensive prescription drugs for chronic diseases for some quality of life, Page | 14

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation propose to the federal government that the government establish as a key part of National Pharmacare an Appeal Board composed of independent, highly qualified medical and other experts. (The purpose of the Appeal Board would be to assess in a timely way the refusal by government officials administering National Pharmacare of outof-hospital coverage for an individual requiring an expensive prescription drug recommended by physicians for treatment of a chronic life-threatening illness. )

Submitted by NPF Health Committee