28 May Letter to the Editor – Letters from our members on Pharmacare

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Below is a selection of some letters to the editor from members of the Metro Action Committee of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

These letters were printed in the Chronicle Herald on May 28th, 2008.


Coverage for all

It continues to amaze me that average or low-income citizens of this province vote for a political party like the Tories, as they are voting against their own interests and protection.

The Tories’ attempt at snowing the public on the issue of health care privatization is like presenting a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rodney MacDonald and his administration want people to believe that their seniors’ Pharmacare program is a working success; however, many seniors in this province are living on a fixed income near the poverty line. Access to health care and drugs should not be based on one’s ability to pay.

The Tories’ only interest is the protection of the rich. A private system only works for those who have infinite amounts of wealth, and that does not include the majority of Canadians. The realization that seniors are paying more than is actually needed to run the shoddy Pharmacare program in this province is proof that we need a government that has the interests of the working, average citizen at heart.

What Canada needs and will never get under the Conservative (Reform) government is a national Pharmacare program that would provide universal coverage for everyone.

It is disturbing that a country as wealthy as Canada would allow our seniors to go without food, transportation or necessary medication because they can’t afford the high insurance premiums. It’s time for the public to demand universal coverage.

By Nadia Bøbak, Halifax

National need

I am shocked by the revelation that seniors are paying more than is needed to run the Pharmacare program in Nova Scotia. Not only are many seniors on fixed incomes that are often below or around the poverty line, but this highlights a great injustice in our society. Access to pharmaceuticals is currently based on the individual’s ability to pay for them, not their need.

This is a great example of why we need a national Pharmacare program that would provide universal coverage for everyone in the country, just like our health care system. As a single mother, I am one of the 180,000 people in Nova Scotia with no drug coverage at all. It is unbelievable that in the year 2008, in a country as rich as Canada, we are still failing to take care of so many of our citizens.

A national Pharmacare program would go a long way to ensuring seniors, single parents and working-class people have access to the drugs they need, when they need them, not when they can afford to pay for them.

By Krista Simon, Halifax