Drug coverage in canada depends on your age, where you work, and what province you live in. Millions of canadians lack basic coverage for essential medicines.
Canadians cannot afford the medicines their doctors prescribe.
Canadians without insurance are 4x more likely to skip prescriptions because of costs.
This means Canada has one of the worst rates of access to medicines among comparable countries.
"If we don't take action, I think things are actually going to worsen. [...] We have to get a healthy pharmaceutical policy in place."
- Anna Reid, President, Canadian Medical Association
The size of a patient co-payment shown to reduce patients' use of preventative drug treatments.
Giving patients drugs of proven value-for-money for free will actually save the health care system money by helping to keep patients healthy.