At the 2018 biennial convention in Halifax, the most popular resolution was for “Implementing Universal Access to Necessary Medicines”, co-sponsored by the LPC(BC), LPC(O) and the National Caucus.
Today the federal government launched the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.
- Canadians pay among the highest prices for and spend more on prescription drugs than citizens of almost every other country in the world.
- On average, Canadians spend $926 per person on prescriptions per year, through a combination of public, private and out-of-pocket expenditures.
- A 2015 Angus Reid Survey found that 23% of Canadians reported that they or someone else in their household did not take their prescription medications as prescribed in the previous 12 months, if at all, because of cost. An estimated one million Canadians are forced to cut back on food or heating in order to afford prescription medications.
- A recent report estimates that hundreds of premature deaths occur each year among working-age Canadians unable to afford their prescription medicines (Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, 2018).