20 Sep Sept 20/10 – Media Release: Fair Drug Prices Review
Monday, 20 September 2010
Health Network welcomes Fair Drug Price review, calls for Pharamacare
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network welcomes the provincial governments consultations on the price of prescription drugs and urges the province to take action to ensure all Nova Scotians have access to the medication they need.
“We are pleased to see the government is taking the cost of prescription drugs seriously,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “We are also pleased that they have announced a consultation process, though we encourage them to consider public forums where individuals can raise their concerns.”
In the long run, the Health Network supports the call of the Canadian Health Coalition for a new federal Pharmacare program that would be run very similarly to Medicare.
“A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimated we could save $10 billion a year in Canada if we created a new National Pharmacare program,” says Buott. “We urge the Government of Nova Scotia to support Pharmacare publicly at the National level and to push the federal government for action in this important area.”
The study is available at http://pharmacarenow.ca/
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
Cell – (902) 478-0239
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.