Historic day for health care in Canada: pharmacare
Today marks a historic day for health care in Canada, as an agreement between the Liberal government and the NDP on Pharmacare is confirmed.
The steadfast efforts by the NDP will now pave the way for a universal national pharmacare program and represents an important step towards equitable access to prescription drugs for all Canadians.
For many years, Steelworkers, with the broader labour movement, have worked with the NDP to push for a universal, single-payer pharmacare plan, that would reduce the burden of expensive, inaccessible prescription drugs for Canadians.
The bill, to be tabled shortly, will establish the framework for a national Pharmacare program and will also introduce, in the short term, new coverage for contraception and diabetes treatment, addressing the urgent health care needs of Canadians.