02 Dec Media Release: New National Pharmacare Report

Tuesday, 02 December 2008

Health Network releases National Report on Pharmacare Hearings

Halifax, NS – Today, the Canadian Health Coalition and the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, along with health coalitions across the country, released a new national report coming out of hearings held around the country over the last year.  The report documents stories from ordinary Canadians about the struggles they face to pay for costly pharmaceuticals and the strain this puts on family finances.

“This report is a call to action,” says Ian Johnson, Vice Chair of the Health Network.  “As documented by the stories in the report, Canadians need a National Pharmacare Program that will ensure everyone has access to the prescription drugs based on need, not ability to pay.”

The report is the result of dozens of public hearings organized by the Canadian Health Coalition and various provincial partners.  Over 250 participants provided testimony for the report.

“The cost of prescription drugs is out of control,” says Johnson.  “Only through a publicly-funded, publicly-operated pharmacare program can we use measures to control costs and make sure everyone is covered.”

The Halifax event was held in November of 2007 and heard stories from seniors, people on social assistance, workers and families.

“In this time of economic crisis we should be coming together to help our families and communities,” says Johnson.  “The federal government needs to step in to protect Canadians from the crisis.  Creating a national pharmacare program would be a good first step.”

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For more information please contact:

Ian Johnson
Vice Chair
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Cell – 476-4355

About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:

Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.

The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.

The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.